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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.
Stamford, Conn. – May 27, 2015 – NBC Sports Group announced today the launch of NBC Sports Films, a new initiative that will leverage NBC Olympics’ Emmy Award-winning storytelling heritage and personnel to produce sports documentaries that will air across NBC Sports Group’s multiple platforms. NBC Sports Films will annually produce multiple long-form projects to be presented across NBC, NBCSN, NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC Sports Digital.
NBC Sports Films’ first project, Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek Sanderson, a one-hour documentary that chronicles the remarkable life of former NHL star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Derek Sanderson, will premiere on NBCSN on Monday, June 8, following Game 3 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.
“Storytelling has always been a prominent component of NBC Sports’ coverage of signature events. We are excited to expand those efforts and further serve our audience by providing additional long-form content across all NBC Sports Group platforms,” said Mark Levy, Senior Vice President, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group. “Our debut film, Center of Attention, is a compelling portrait of the extraordinary life of Derek Sanderson, who has lived the highest of highs and the most challenging lows a life in the spotlight can produce.”
via NBC Sports Group press release....
Through the first nine games of the Conference Finals (May 24), NBC Sports Group’s coverage has averaged 1.906 million viewers, up 10% vs. viewership of the first nine games of the 2014 Conference Finals (1.739 million).
Saturday night’s Game 4 on NBC between the Ducks and the Blackhawks (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m. ET), which was decided in double overtime, delivered a 1.78 rating and averaged 2.801 million viewers, ranking as the highest-rated and most-watched game of the 2015 playoffs to date. Viewership peaked in the 11:30 p.m. ET quarter hour, averaging nearly 4.7 million viewers (4.655).
In addition, the game marked the highest-rated Conference Final matchup in two years, since the deciding Game 5 of the 2013 Western Conference Final between the Blackhawks and Kings (2.89). NBC led the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and most other key demos.
Locally, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Lightning-Rangers Eastern Conference Final has produced four of the Top 5 NHL ratings ever on NBC or NBCSN in the Tampa Bay market, highlighted by a record 8.65 rating in Game 2 on NBCSN. Through six games, the Tampa Bay market has averaged a 7.7 local rating, up 48% vs. the average rating in the Tampa Bay market for the 2011 Eastern Conference Final (5.2), which featured the Lightning and Bruins.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Ducks-Blackhawks Western Conference Final has averaged a 2.8 rating in the Los Angeles market through five games, including the highest-rated Ducks game ever on NBCSN (Game 2; 3.1) and the highest-rated Ducks game on NBC since Game 5 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final (Game 4; 3.2).
In light of the crazy goals being scored in the playoffs, Don preaches advice he gave to all his players: shoot the puck!
Plus more topics...
via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet,
Don Cherry believes Babcock will make the Maple Leafs a better team sooner than later. Cherry shared some of his thoughts on how Babcock will impact the club in his first season during Sunday’s edition of “Coach’s Corner,” with an emphasis on Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and sniper Phil Kessel.
The Leafs talk is near the end of the video...
from Aaron Elstein of Crain's New York Business,
If you've followed the Rangers' quest for the Stanley Cup, then you've had a few options if you've wanted to watch.
You could buy a ticket, though the cheapest seats for playoff games at Madison Square Garden cost around $400.
You could watch on TV from home, which would require forking over about $100 a month for a cable package, depending on the plan.
Or you could watch the games online. For nothing.
It takes only a few minutes of surfing the Internet to find a live Rangers game courtesy of someone who is streaming the NBC Sports cable network and Mike Emrick's electrifying play-by-play for free.
These pirate sports sites—some of which even make money from advertising—are taking advantage of technology that's making it easier to live-stream high-definition TV feeds, enabling them to expand their audiences beyond diehard fans willing to put up with choppy video and erratic sound. In short, the same kind of bandits who attacked movies and music are now assaulting the multibillion-dollar world of sports.
continue with MLB worked in the article...
from Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing,
Heading into the Stanley Cup Conference Finals, the suits at NBC were surely crossing their fingers and doing whatever superstitious ritual they could think of to get a dream Stanley Cup Final in the ratings department: Rangers vs Blackhawks.
Chicago. New York. Two members of the original six. Two of the biggest markets in the country. Two teams with national namebrand recognition. Two cities with hockey in their sports DNA. It wouldn’t get better than that.
Instead, after three games in the west and the east, NBC is looking straight down the barrel at a matchup that is most certainly a polar opposite: Ducks vs Lightning.
Tampa Bay. Anaheim. Two of hockey’s more recent expansion representatives. Warm weather. Sunshine. Palm trees. It’s not exactly the ghosts of Stan Mikita and Eddie Giacomin.
Why is this the case? The numbers tell the story.
The Ducks were involved in the lowest rated Stanley Cup Final in the last 20 years back in 2007. Senators-Ducks averaged a paltry 1.2 rating over the course of 5 games and just 1.7 million viewers on average.
Don Cherry has a few words for the Russians plus more topics...
Topics include the icing rules in the NHL, Team Canada in the World Championship, the Memorial Cup and a thumbs up for Eugene Melnyk.
from Brett Popplewell of Sportsnet,
Cherry takes to his perch behind the desk while his makeup artist, Lianne Cousvis, does some last-minute adjustments to his complexion. “She’s just gilding the lily,” Cherry says.
MacLean, carrying his suit jacket over his arm, isn’t far behind. He speed-walks toward the set. “Stan!” he hollers out as he moves. “Yup?” replies Stan Nieradka, Coach’s Corner’s designated stats guru and on-the-fly research assistant. “I didn’t miss a goal, did I?” asks MacLean. It’s been 40 seconds since he last saw a monitor, and it’s important that he keep himself up to speed on everything that’s going on. “Nothing,” says Nieradka from his seat behind the stage wall next to the set. “Thanks, Stan,” MacLean says, passing by without even looking at him, before putting on his suit jacket and taking his seat next to Cherry.
The buzzer rings inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, and the Habs and Senators head to their dressing rooms. The Capitals and Islanders are off the ice as well, and suddenly the sound of chatter begins echoing down to the set from the other stage as commentators start weighing in on the game in Washington. Their voices are audible but thankfully soft enough that Nieradka doesn’t believe Cherry will notice. “I think we’re going to be OK,” he says, then turns out the desk light next to his computer. “Better safe than sorry,” he says. “You know, in case there’s a shadow or something.”
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