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Hometown Hockey Is No More

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Athetic,

Ron MacLean says he will return to “Hockey Night in Canada” next season, but his weekly workload will be lighter, with Sportsnet confirming it has canceled “Rogers Hometown Hockey,” the show that hop-scotched the country for eight seasons.

It was not immediately clear what the cancelation meant for co-host Tara Slone, who did not return a message from The Athletic on Tuesday. A Sportsnet spokesperson said the network does not comment on personnel matters “out of respect for employee privacy.”

“There’s so much loss for some in this story,” MacLean said in an interview. “That’s first and foremost: I just think of those who are affected.”

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A Soft Roll Out Of Local Sports Streaming Services

from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal,

Sinclair will soft launch its local sports streaming service in five markets on June 23, with a full launch still scheduled for the fall.

This marks the first time that Sinclair has set a specific date on the rollout of the much anticipated service that will start streaming local MLB games in Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee and Tampa.

The launch of Sinclair’s direct-to-consumer service, which it’s calling Bally Sports+, has a huge amount of importance in the sports business given the declining subscriber numbers among regional sports networks.

As media companies, leagues and teams try to figure out how to preserve the value of local sports rights, they are testing out streaming services as a way to maintain revenue sources.

Earlier this month, NESN launched a streaming service in the Boston area for Red Sox and Bruins games. NESN is selling NESN 360 for $30 per month or $330 per year.

By comparison, Sinclair will sell Bally Sports+ for $20 per month or $190 per year.

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NHL Media Award Recipients Announced

TORONTO (June 14, 2022) ­– Frank Seravalli, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that Al Morganti will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Bill Clement will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

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Coverage From The NHL Network Of The Stanley Cup

SECAUCUS, NJ (June 14, 2022) – NHL Network is set to cover the 2022 Stanley Cup® Final with comprehensive daily coverage from Ball Arena and Amalie Arena. The programming begins today at 1:30 p.m. ET with Jamison CoyleBilly JaffeMike JohnsonMike Rupp and Jackie Redmond co-hosting from media day and will continue until the Stanley Cup® is hoisted by the Colorado Avalanche or Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Watching The First Round Of The Stanley up Playoffs

from John Lane of NHL.com,

The first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs proved historic for ESPN and Turner Sports, with ratings for TNT and TBS the highest since the advent of cable television.

Games covered on ESPN, ESPN2, TNT and TBS averaged 768,000 viewers, a 58 percent increase from last season on NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network.

Turner Sports broke records for individual game and total rounds. The series-deciding game between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins on TBS on May 15 delivered 2.3 million average viewers, making it the most-watched first-round Stanley Cup Playoff game ever on cable. The number was the most for a non-Stanley Cup Final game on cable since Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Final, when 2.6 million watched the Washington Capitals defeat the Tampa Lightning 4-0.

Game 7 between the Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs on TNT on May 14 averaged 1.7 million viewers, making it the second-most watched first round game on ever on cable. Female viewership for Stanley Cup Playoff games airing on TNT and TBS also enjoyed substantial increases, going up 83 percent on cable from 2021 and 49 percent from 2019.

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All Don Cherry

from Joe Warmngton o the Toronto Sun,

Grapes on a comeback to Hockey Night in Canada?

While “I do miss Coach’s Corner and going down there on Saturday nights,” it’s unlikely because “the truth is people are afraid of me.” He said with today’s TV, “you have to get along with people, and you say the right thing,” and “I don’t.”

That’s why so many people watched. What Cherry brought has not been replaced. People in sports bars don’t turn up the volume anymore during the first intermission.

Grapes on possibility of he and Ron MacLean patching things up?

Cherry said while he doesn’t harbour any animosity, “I don’t think I could ever forget, though. I don’t think we will ever be friends again.”

more, including the state of the Leafs...

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New Broadcast Networks Growing Women Viewership

from Mollie Cahillane of AdWeek,

In the first year of the NHL’s new TV rights deal with Turner Sports and Disney, the networks are not only seeing total audience gains over former rights holder NBC Sports, but an increasingly young and diverse audience—one that has considerably more women than last season.

As playoffs get under way, Turner Sports is averaging 361,000 viewers across 51 telecasts on TNT, up 26% over now-shuttered NBC Sports Network.

But female viewership for NHL on TNT’s regular season live game coverage has increased 56% vs. 2020-21 NHL regular games on cable. At ESPN, across 18 games, the number of women watching is up 73% versus NBC Sports Network, and 11% on ABC versus NBC.

“We are so blessed to have our partnership with the networks, especially with TNT who is drawing this younger and more female audience, it’s right in line with our objectives as a brand,” Heidi Browning, CMO of the NHL, told Adweek. “ESPN has phenomenal female talent on air, on ice level and in leadership positions.”

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Your Questions Should Be Answered Regarding ESPN And The Playoffs

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NHL Tonight Will Be Hosted By An All-Women Crew

March 18, 2022 – NHL Network today announced that for the first time ever it will air an all-women edition of NHL Tonight™ – the network’s flagship studio show – this Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Co-hosted by NHL Network’s Jamie Hersch and Jackie Redmond, with 2018 Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield as analyst, the program will feature live look-ins to the night’s games in action, analysis, demonstrations, and highlights. In each of the last four seasons, NHL Network has also aired an all-women edition of NHL Now, NHL Network’s daily 4:00 p.m. ET program.

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