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from Rob Wile of Business Insider,
Tipoff's at 9 tonight for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Meanwhile, Boston took a 2-1 lead last night in the Stanley Cup Final.
Who's been watching the games? Mapping data group ESRI has the answer.
The firm has developed developed software called the Tapestry™ Segmentation system that classifies US residential neighborhoods into 65 unique market segments based on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics.
One of their models tracks likely basketball and hockey viewership.
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STAMFORD, Conn. – June 17, 2013 – Saturday night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 averaged 3.964 million viewers on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), making it the most-watched NHL game in the network’s history (since 2006), the most-watched Game 2 on cable in 16 years, and the most-watched Stanley Cup Final game on cable in 11 years, according to Fast National data provided by The Nielsen Company.
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from Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing,
A time warp has apparently transported the world back to 2008. At least, that's the most logical explanation for NBC Sports' executive producer Sam Flood's comments to SI's Richard Deitsch about critics of Pierre McGuire before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, which sound like they could have come from Buzz Bissinger circa that earlier era:
"I consider Pierre to be the gold standard, The position of being inside the glass was created because of Pierre. His skill set is uniquely suited to telling stories on air. His knowledge of the game and background of every player on the ice is incredible. He is a huge asset. He won an Emmy Award this year for obvious reasons. The sad thing about how society is today is there are a small group of people who shout loud and hide behind blogger names and fraudulent titles and attack people. They attack Cris Collinsworth. They attack Al Michaels. They attack Pierre McGuire. They attack Mike Milbury. They attack Keith Jones. They are a bunch of chickens who hide behind their Twitter names and attack people. Shame on them. If you want to say something, say it with your name behind it. But if you want to hide behind funny little names on the Internet, be my guest. But shame on you."
It's no secret that NBC hockey analyst McGuire has been the target of plenty of criticism from hockey fans over the years. However, writing that criticism off as a product of just those who "shout loud and hide behind blogger names" is insanity in 2013. Some of the most prominent criticism of McGuire has come from the hockey players he interviews, including Henrik Zetterberg rejecting his interview request, Marty Turco's 2011 mockery of him and Mike Commodore tweeting that McGuire "ruins hockey" for him. Even in the media realm, it's far from just anonymous bloggers who bash McGuire. In fact, much of the best criticism of McGuire has come from those willing to use their names. Here's a short selection:
My name is George Malik, and I think that Pierre McGuire is indeed terrible...In no small part because he could be an absolutely fantastic broadcaster if...
The main topic of the segment is some first period talk and Brent Seabrook.
NEW YORK – June 10, 2013 – More than 40 million minutes of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra -- the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets -- according to Adobe Site Catalyst. The vast majority of Stanley Cup Playoff games this year have been live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For the first time, NBC Sports Live Extra is streaming all Stanley Cup Playoff games -- including the Stanley Cup Final -- that air on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and CNBC. Stanley Cup Playoff games are also streaming to mobile devices and tablets for the first time.
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that longtime Hockey Night in Canada colour commentator Harry Neale will be inducted in November as recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.
The award is given for outstanding contributions made as a hockey broadcaster, named after the first man to gain fame as the voice of Hockey Night in Canada. It is presented by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
"Harry has entertained millions of hockey fans in the United States and Canada for close to thirty years," Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, said in a statement. "His unique brand of humour and insight has been memorable. He is extremely worthy of this honour and the NHL Broadcasters' Association applauds him for his great work in all aspects of hockey."...
In addition, it was announced Tuesday that Jay Greenberg will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism. The award is presented by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Greenberg has been a beat reporter for NHL teams the Philadelphia Flyers and Kansas City Scouts, as well as writing posts for Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, The Toronto Sun and New York Post. He has written several books, with Gordie Howe’s Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey, co-authored with Mark Howe and to be published in October.
Watch/listen below to the interview Neale just did with NextSportsStar after learning he is the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.
added 12:05pm, Official press release has been posted below...
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