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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL and Molson Coors won big on Tuesday when the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld their $375-million sponsorship deal.
Rival brewery Labatt was the loser, as the court upheld Molson’s appeal of a lower court decision that rejected the agreement between the NHL and Molson for the league’s North American rights beginning with the 2011-12 season. Labatt argued the NHL improperly broke off a sponsorship agreement with them for the league’s Canadian rights to strike the deal with Molson.
NEW YORK (July 11, 2011) – Following April’s landmark, 10-year media rights agreement with NBC, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the NBC Sports Group announced today that the two companies are strengthening their relationship even further by creating a unique, groundbreaking sales venture that will streamline national U.S. NHL media sales for the next five years.
NHL media sales for all national platforms—NBC, VERSUS, NBCSports.com, NHL Network™, NHL mobile and all official NHL digital sites, including NHL.com — will be sold by the NBC Sports Group Sales Department, which will be bolstered by absorbing NHL media sales employees. All traffic generated by official NHL digital sites, including NHL.com, will now be attributed to NBC Sports Digital.
The agreement excludes current and future NHL official marketing partners, who will continue to purchase media through the NHL Integrated Sales Department. Financial terms of this new agreement, which continues through the 2015-16 season, were not disclosed.
More than 20 restricted free agents are set to plead their case at salary arbitration hearings in the coming weeks. Should players and clubs not be able to reach an agreement before the respective case gets under way, below is a list of the scheduled hearings.
Below are the dates for each hearing, from July 20th through August 4th:
From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:
“We should know the definitive (cap) number very soon (but) it’s going to be in that range,” Bowman said Wednesday. “It’s certainly going up from where it was ($59.4 million). We’re not in the salary-cap crunch that we were in. We’re able to obviously do some different things and we’re not as stuck as we were a year ago.”
The summer following the Hawks’ Stanley Cup championship in 2010 was marked by the departures of 10 players from that that title-winning team as Bowman battled the salary cap. But things are different this time around.
“It’s a nice change, to be honest,” said Bowman, who is in Minnesota for this weekend’s NHL Draft. “We’re not trying to deal players to get to the cap. We have room to add players. Having that additional flexibility is going to help us not only in the summer but during the season when there may be opportunities to pick up players. But you have to have cap space to do that.
From Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti:
A report in The Hockey News earlier this month said the commissioner would “focus on the situations in New Jersey and Los Angeles” after the Atlanta/Winnipeg sale and Dallas’ sale were resolved.
“I don’t know who wrote that or why, but no,” Bettman said when I asked him if he had any plans to focus on the Devils’ ownership situation or monitor it more closely.
Although Brick City LLC – headed by Mike Gilfillan and Ray Chambers – is looking to sell its 47 percent share, Bettman said that the potential sale is not impacting team business and he expects it to be resolved without need for him to be involved, “to the best of my knowledge in my constant communications with everybody.”
From Sports Business Journal, this year’s top-selling NHL jerseys:
To compare, here are the top sellers in early 2010.
*chart above from SBJ. Links found via DC Sports Blog.
From 1040 ESPN Tampa:
The Tampa Bay Lightning is the second-best franchise in sports, according to ESPN The Magazine’s ninth annual “Best Franchise in Sports’’ rankings, which will hit newsstands on Friday. According to ESPN, only the Super Bowl-champion Packers are a better franchise than the Lightning, which advanced to within a game of the Stanley Cup final in Jeff Vinik’s first year as the team owner.
According to ESPN The Magazine, the study determines “an overall ranking for pro sports franchises according to how much they give back to fans for the time, money and emotion they invest in them. ...The rankings are determined by a multi-tiered analysis that examines a team’s efficiency in spending fan money as compared to its on-field performance. It also factors in feedback in 21 categories from more than 70,000 fans nationwide, both online at ESPN.com and in polling conducted by both independent third parties.’‘
All 122 teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball were ranked in order in eight different categories: “bang for the buck,’’ players, fan relations, affordability, stadium experience, ownership, title track and coaching.
For a complete listing of ESPN’s rankings go here.
via NHL press release:
STANLEY CUP FINAL SETS NORTH AMERICAN VIEWERSHIP RECORD
FOR BOTH ENTIRE SERIES AND GAME 7
—Game 7 on CBC in Canada Earns All-Time Best Viewership for NHL Coverage
—NBC Sees Best U.S. Viewership for any NHL Game in 38 Years
—VERSUS/NBC Combined Viewership Best for Series Including a Canadian Team
—Game 7 Earns Huge 43.4 Rating and 64 Share in Boston
NEW YORK – June 16, 2011 – The 2011 Stanley Cup Final, won by the Boston Bruins over the Vancouver Canucks in a dramatic seven-game series, set numerous viewership milestones and records, including the highest North American viewership for any Stanley Cup Final in history – 11.5 million viewers (records go back to 1994). Game 7 of the series led the way, averaging a record 18.3 million viewers in the U.S. and Canada, also a North American viewership record for any NHL game on record.
From a StubHub press release today, these observations about their sales:
• Today, fans have been paying an average price of $3082 per ticket
• Yesterday, that average price was $2413
• The most expensive ticket purchased has been $6500 – 2 tickets each at this price for Club 106 (Row 12), purchased by a Vancouver buyer yesterday
And you could even spend more, if you want. TheFourthPeriod notes this on Twitter:
2 tickets, 2nd row for GM7… $10,345 on stubhub… hot damn.
That’s EACH ticket.
From Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel at the NYT’s Slapshot blog:
His tenure was marked by controversy from the outset, even more so in recent years with the increased attention on concussions and hits to the head. While taking a leading role among leagues in understanding the concussion issue, the N.H.L. was slow to punish players for head shots, and Campbell bore the brunt of the criticism.
Most do not understand that the league’s discipline policies are established by the owners and general managers along with the players union, and none of those parties favor long suspensions.
Campbell merely enforced the policies, unless his son Gregory’s team was involved, in which case his deputy, Mike Murphy, stepped in. (Gregory Campbell plays for Boston.) After each incident, Campbell was subject to intense lobbying from all sides.
Still Campbell was not faultless in executing his duties. He justified his rulings by saying he had a duty to preserve the game’s physical nature, fearing that if he imposed the maximum punishment, players would become more tentative.
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