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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.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talked game 7's.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Before he hit the road, McKenzie (BM) took time to answer 20 Questions from National Post, talking about minor hockey grudges, giving the finger to newspapers and the time a Canadian hockey legend wanted to drop the gloves in the visiting dressing room.
1. Where do you think you would have landed had The Hockey News not offered you the job as editor-in-chief in 1982?
BM: I probably would have been a cop. When I graduated Ryerson, all I wanted to do was be a hockey writer for one of the Toronto dailies … I was desperately trying to get hired full-time by the Globe, the Sun or the Star, to cover hockey. I wasn’t having a lot of success, and I was getting frustrated. I used to leave the Globe and Mail after a rewrite shift and I’d walk out the front door, and I’d turn around and give the Globe the finger. Then I would get in my car, I would get on the Gardiner and, as I was going by — the Star on the right-hand side, the Sun on the left-hand side — I’d give each of them the finger every night because they hadn’t hired me.
2. What would have made you a good police officer?
BM: Oh, I don’t know. It’s a good question. I don’t know if I would have been.
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