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Watching (Or Not) The NBC Sports Network

from PAULSEN of Sports Media Watch,

The 2016-17 NHL regular season averaged 467,000 viewers across NBC and NBCSN, down 7% from last year (503K) and down 5% from 2015 (503K). That does not include streaming, which boosted the average to 475,000 — down 6% from last year (505K).

Coverage on the NBC broadcast network averaged 1.2 million viewers over 15 games, down 20% from 11 windows last year (1.5M) and down 16% from 13 two years ago (1.5M). It was the least-watched NHL season on a broadcast network in at least seven years and probably further back.

NBC finished its season with 665,000 for Capitals-Bruins last Saturday, down 52% from Penguins-Flyers last year (1.4M) but up 5% from regional action in 2015 (634K). Ratings also fell 47% year-over-year (from .85 to. 45). All 12 indoor NHL games on NBC this season failed to crack a 1.0 rating, compared to six of eight last year.

On NBCSN, regular season games averaged 336,000 viewers — down 11% from last year (378K), down 4% from two years ago (349K) and the smallest average since 2011-12 (332K).


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Video- The Stanley Cup Playoffs Have Started

Great opening.


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Video- A Tribute To ‘To The Voice Of The Kings’

Congrats to Bob Miller.


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Donald Fehr Yesterday And Without The NHL, Broadcasters Of The Olympics May Suffer

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr told a Toronto radio station on Wednesday that his constituency had long memories, saying the Olympic dispute could colour negotiations when the two sides revisit the labour deal, known as the CBA, as early as 2019.

“If the notion is that players will just say, ‘oh well, the CBA didn’t provide for it’ or ‘we wish it were different’ – and we could just go on with life as usual or as if this hadn’t happened, I think that’s a very, very, very unlikely possibility,” Mr. Fehr told Sportsnet The Fan 590.

At the heart of the dispute is the NHL’s unwillingness to go to Pyeongchang for what are largely business reasons – a disruption to its schedule, the risk of injury to top players, an unattractive time zone and the inability to leverage broadcast and marketing opportunities that come from having the NHL at the Olympics.

The NHL players’ collective desire to representative their countries at the international competition, meanwhile, is more sentimental.

“Guys love representing their country on [the Olympic] stage and it is a bitter pill to swallow for sure,” the Toronto Maple Leafs’ U.S.-born forward James van Riemsdyk told reporters Tuesday. “As players, we have shown we want to be there and made that very clear, but this decision was made outside of us.”

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from Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star,

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The Playoff Push On NBC Sports

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 31, 2017 – NBC Sports heads into the home stretch of its coverage of the NHL “Push For The Playoffs,” featuring 10 games in eight days, all with Stanley Cup Playoff implications on NBC and NBCSN. Coverage begins this Sunday and concludes with  a special program on the final night of the regular season in which NBCSN will provide “whip-around” coverage, pivoting from game to game to bring viewers the most relevant action as it happens.

Eleven NHL teams that have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs or are in position to qualify will be featured, including all four current division leaders.

This slate of games includes additions and flexes to NBCSN’s original schedule, which will bring NHL fans the matchups with the greatest impact on the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs. Following are the changes to NBCSN’s final week of NHL regular-season coverage:

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Canadian Sports Bars Faced With A Price Increase From Media Giants

from Scott Stinson of the National Post,

Bell and Rogers, the twin conglomerates of the sports-media landscape in this country, have decided to remove their main sports channels from the bundled packages available to businesses that have a liquor licence. They will then offer TSN and Sportsnet — and their various regional feeds — as standalone packages at significantly increased fees.

So, where they previously had those channels available at a cost not unlike a typical residential subscription, now bars and restaurants will have to pay specifically for the right to have TSN and Sportsnet in their lineups.

Smaller bars — less than 100 seats — will be charged about $120 monthly for both channels on top of existing fees, and the cost increases according to seating capacity. The new prices — not that anyone was keen to put them on the record — will also apply to customers who subscribe to those channels through a third party like Shaw or Telus. Shaw confirmed Tuesday that the new prices are set by the channel owners, regardless of service provider.

It cannot be a coincidence that Bell and Rogers, generally fierce competitors, are making this change at the same time. You might call it collusion, but at the very least there are cahoots involved.


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Video- Don Cherry Talks About Hockey Night In Canada

Worth a watch.


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Analytical Hockey Bloggers

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

One thing I have learned during the rapid rise of advanced statistics, which have impacted the game and how many people judge it, is that the analytics community, generally, attacks and defends with ruthless fervour. It is easy to understand why.

What has an analytics blogger at his disposal? Some are trained journalists or, at least, writers. Many are not. Many – and this is not their fault – have no access to players, coaches and managers to ask questions and seek input from people whose lives and livelihoods are devoted to the game.

To be brutally honest, however, for some bloggers the idea of seeking input from their subjects is not just unfathomable but inconvenient. Questions? Accountability?

A hobbyist-blogger may or may not be able to craft a shopping list, but he can probably churn out a 2,000-word dissertation loaded with impregnable figures arguing how a young fourth-liner who doesn’t know shit from Shinola at the NHL level isn’t being properly optimized and a coach the blogger will never face is an idiot for using a veteran who makes $6 million US this season and scored 30 goals last season ahead of the prospect on the second-unit power play.

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Bob Miller Announces His Retirement

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings and Hockey Hall of Fame Television Play-by-Play Broadcaster Bob Miller will return to the Kings TV broadcast booth in April and then retire upon the conclusion of the regular season, Miller and the Kings announced today at a news conference at STAPLES Center.

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Celebrate Hockey Day In America On Sunday

STAMFORD, Conn.  – NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features that explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.  

Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. NBC’s HDIA presentation continues at 3:30 p.m. ET, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings.

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