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via SportsBusiness Daily,
Versus earned a 0.62 overnight Nielsen cable rating for Game One of the Senators-Ducks Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night, down 28.7% from a 0.87 for Oilers-Hurricanes Game One last season. The net earned a 1.7 rating in L.A. on Monday, its best mark ever in the market. The three top local markets were Buffalo (3.9), Denver (2.2) and Pittsburgh.
via SportsBusiness Journal,
NBC has sold out its inventory and said that demand “has been strong throughout the playoffs.” The network claims it and the NHL both are “poised to make a profit again this year” from their TV agreement. Verizon Wireless, MasterCard, Gillette and the U.S. Marines will all advertise during NBC’s coverage of the Finals.
Versus’ sales results “are on par with last year.” However, several ad buyers said that hockey and the Cup Finals “had not been a focus for them this year, and though network sales are strong, they described cable sales as lackluster.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The Stanley Cup final has always attracted some degree of celebrity and this year is no different. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – yes, that still deserves a (!!!) – and other celebs were in attendance for Game 1 in Anaheim, adding to a fairly impressive list of famous hockey fans.
In honor of star power in hockey, let’s look at the top 10 coolest ice nuts you’re likely to recognize:
9. Kid Rock. Yeah, he might be more of a basketball fan, but Mr. Rock has followed the Red Wings nearly as passionately for years. And he shares something in common with legendary bust Alexandre Daigle: both have, um, come into contact with Pamela Anderson’s legendary bust.
read on for the rest…
from Legends Of Hockey,
Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that Washington Times sports reporter Dave Faye will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for his outstanding work as a beat writer covering the Washington Capitals and that the late Bill Hewitt, who was the voice of Hockey Night in Canada for more than three decades, will receive the award named for his father — the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.
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from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It was pointed out during a media welcome party last night held by the NHL that, at least from a media point of view, the Stanley Cup final is starting to look a lot like the Grey Cup.
Mostly Canadian media, and many of the same faces….
Doesn’t this seem a little weird to anybody? I mean, this is distant California, not Alberta or even a border state. It’s sort of the reverse juice to that which we’ve all grown up with in Canada, namely the overwhelming presence of U.S. media and culture. In this Stanley Cup final, however, NBC won’t even be showing up until Game 3.
from bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
But here’s what’s even harder to imagine: ESPN failing to have hockey mentioned in the first 30 minutes if it were involved with the sport. Once the NHL left ESPN, it basically ceased to exist.
It’s not just “SportsCenter.” If the NHL were carried by ESPN, they’d be talking about it on the “Dan Patrick Show” (not a word Tuesday in the more than 90 minutes we suffered through) and the stars of the sport would be schmoozing with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on their highly popular morning show.
Such exposure generates interest and interest generates ratings and revenue.
...comes from Evan Grossman at NHL.com,
Four town employees were recently fired from their jobs for gossiping and spreading false rumors around their New Hampshire office. It’s unknown if the four plan to take up careers in the rumor-mongering hockey media now that they need new jobs.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Here’s something Bettman clearly doesn’t understand: Canada is the bedrock of the NHL. Even with the European influx, we provide the bodies and the heart and the people who will pay through the nose and battle their way through a blizzard to watch the game.
Perhaps for a change, Bettman should try to make the U.S. networks want the NHL, rather than the other way around. Perhaps he should act as though he actually believes hockey is worth paying for.
And maybe he should pretend that he can find Canada on a map. We’re right up here, Gary - due north.
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