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The National Hockey League has settled an antitrust lawsuit in which fans accused it of conspiring with broadcasters to illegally restrict their ability to watch their favorite teams on television.
Fans contended that the league, several teams, Comcast Corp , DirecTV and Madison Square Garden Co used blackouts to limit broadcasts of games outside teams' home markets.
They said this forced them to buy costly bundled game packages, rather they purchase games "a la carte" at lower prices, if they wanted to want their preferred teams.
According to papers filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, the NHL agreed over the next five years to let fans buy single-team packages for at least 20 percent below the cost of bundled packages. Early subscribers would also get discounts.
The preliminary settlement requires court approval.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss the diving and penalties in the first period of Game 4, they play of Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victory Hedman and much more.
via NBC Sports Group release...
Last night’s Chicago Blackhawks-Tampa Bay Lightning contest on NBC, in which the Lightning won 4-3 to even the series at one game apiece, delivered a 4.8 metered market rating, making it NBC’s best Stanley Cup Final Game 2 overnight ever and best on broadcast television on record. It was up 5% vs. last year’s double overtime Game 2 (4.56, NYR-L.A.).
The game (7:15-10:15 p.m. ET), which immediately followed NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes, posted a 22.6 rating in Chicago and a 15.1 in Tampa. NBC was the No. 1 network in each market during the game.
Rounding out the Top 5 markets were Buffalo (8.6), Milwaukee (6.7) and Ft. Myers (6.5).
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about all the news and notes from around the Stanley Cup Final.
Plus a great look at Al Arbour.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
There is a tiny dark room tucked into a television studio 180 kilometres north of Helsinki. It is non-descript and empty, save for a laptop, 25-inch TV, headphones and a microphone.
This is where Antti Makinen performs the loneliest job in hockey.
Makinen spends his days poring over articles and watching highlights of games played a continent away. He usually takes a “nap” between 10 p.m. and midnight. Then the voice of the NHL in Finland drives to the studio in the middle of the night and puts words to the exploits of Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Toews.
It’s a routine he follows as many as 170 nights a year. There is no colour man and no backstage crew.
Bob McKenzie Will Receive The Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award And Nick Nickson The Foster Hewitt Award
TORONTO (June 4, 2015) - Scott Burnside, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that BOB MCKENZIE will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism and NICK NICKSON will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
via Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,
In an appearance on Coach’s Corner with Ron MacLean Wednesday night, Cherry offered high praise for Brent Seabrook.
“I can’t say enough. He hits. He fights, blocks shots,” Cherry said on Hockey Night in Canada. “Why he isn’t considered in the Norris trophy — with all the sweethearts — is beyond me. (He’s) the best defenceman in the league.”...
Cherry also raved about the atmosphere outside of Amalie Arena before Game 1, saying it was a welcome change from the last time the Tampa Bay Lightning appeared in the Stanley Cup Final (2003-04).
"(In 2004), I went out to the parking lot and two or three (fans) would walk in," Cherry said of the underwhelming crowd in Tampa Bay. "It was dead and now they're waiting outside and going nuts out there."
Cherry, who recently spoke about his appreciation for Lightning forward Alex Killorn, also pointed out the secret behind Killorn's amazing first period tip-in goal.
Watch Coach's Corner below...
Is your local media covering the Stanley Cup Final?
If not, should they?
Any suggestions, ideas?
This is for the NHL Network US, Shoalts tweeted earlier stating NHL Network in Canada will be shut down.
from James Bradshaw and Christine Dobby of the Globe and Mail,
Ever since Rogers Communications Inc. sealed a deal to grab a near-monopoly on hockey broadcasting in Canada for 12 years, questions have lingered about whether it could squeeze enough value from the precious NHL rights to make its $5.2-billion gamble pay off.
Now, as the deal’s first season enters its final games, the company’s chief executive officer says it made money on the inaugural campaign, and expects a reasonable return over the life of the contract despite the hefty price tag.
“Categorically, we will make a 10-per-cent margin this year and the deal has been profitable for us,” CEO Guy Laurence said in a lengthy interview this week. “And given it’s our first year and we’ve learned a lot and all the rest of it, I don’t see why it won’t be profitable ongoing.”
Rogers’ expansion of the number of games on national television, as well as experimentation with new mobile platforms and camera angles, have driven its Sportsnet network to the best ratings in its 17-year history. And the number of Canadians who tuned in to a game on TV or online is up 2 per cent to 28.8 million.
But there is still much work to do to boost audiences and attract new hockey fans to the fold.
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