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NEW YORK (April 15, 2016)—SHOWTIME Sports continues its commitment to real-time, behind-the-scenes documentary series with unprecedented access to the 2016 Stanley Cup® Playoffs in ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup. The docu-series will be the first of its kind to nationally televise the championship of a major North American sport as it unfolds. Premiering Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, weekly episodes chronicle the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final as the top-four NHL® teams battle for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup®, one of the oldest and most iconic trophies in sports.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss the Capitals taking on the Flyers, Brian Elliott’s performance in Game 1, and why goalie masks need to change.
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STAMFORD, Conn. – April 14, 2016 – NBC Sports Group presents a NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game 1 quadrupleheader across NBCSN and CNBC tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the (1) Washington Capitals host the (WC2) Philadelphia Flyers. NBCSN’s coverage continues at 9:30 p.m. ET, following Flyers-Capitals, when the (1) Dallas Stars host the (WC2) Minnesota Wild.
CNBC begins its 2016 Stanley Cup Playoff coverage tonight at 8 p.m. ET, when the (WC1) New York Islanders visit the (1) Florida Panthers, and shifts to the west coast at 10:30 p.m. ET, following Islanders-Panthers, when the (2) Los Angeles Kings host the (3) San Jose Sharks.
Last night’s Game 1 tripleheader on NBCSN and USA Network produced NBC Sports Group’s best-ever playoff opening night overnight rating (since 2006), while Blackhawks-Blues and Red Wings-Lightning set first-round streaming records. More information is detailed further below in the release.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss how to block a shot, Calder Memorial Trophy candidates, and how Jonathan Drouin is a whole different player.
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 12, 2016 – Led by strong Wednesday Night Rivalry and Sunday Night Hockey viewership, the 2015-16 NHL regular season on NBCSN averaged 378,000 viewers to rank as the most-watched full regular season in network history, and the most-watched on cable since the 1993-94 season, according to data provided by The Nielsen Company.
Viewership of the 2015-16 NHL regular season on NBCSN (94 games) was up 8% vs. the 2014-15 campaign (349,000; 91 games), and NBCSN’s previous record, set during the 2013-14 season (351,000). This year was the most-watched full NHL regular season* on cable since the 1993-94 season (ESPN/ESPN2; 474,000; 33 games).
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
The final numbers on the season’s ratings are still being tallied, but as the playoff schedule is announced, Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties at Rogers, had a chat about the year that was and what changes might come.
(This Q &A has been condensed and edited for clarity.)
Q: What is the impact of having no Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs?
A: First, let's look at it as if the glass is half full. This is an opportunity for us to take a slightly different approach to the NHL playoffs. I think viewers will notice us taking a broader view of the tournament. There are no shortages of storylines, and some of them will catch fire.
Will it be the same as having Canadian teams in the playoffs? No, it's never the same when you don't have home rooting interests. The last time there were no Canadian teams was in 1970, and there weren't seven Canadian NHL teams then, so this has really never happened.
I don't expect it happening again during the course of this (12-year) deal. At least I certainly hope not. It's something that we couldn't have expected and it's difficult to explain to our corporate bosses who are not as familiar with hockey and sports as we are.
Q: There are rumours that the poor performance might lead to more job cuts.
A: We announced in January that we were looking at a number of job cuts across all the media divisions. That was due to a number of factors, including the same challenges that other media companies are facing. We have not completed that and there still are some adjustments to be made. We don't know what those are, but those will be completed sometime early in the summer.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss Tyler Johnson crashing into the boards in Montreal, OHL hockey, and his favourite line in hockey.
from Chris Zelcovich of Yahoo,
Beset by sagging ratings and negative critical reviews, Rogers has changed course on its NHL coverage.
The media giant announced Tuesday that it has replaced production head Gord Cutler as it prepares to head into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Cutler's job has been eliminated and his duties will be assumed by Rob Corte, who is now in charge of all live events and studio production.
"This change comes as part of our bigger company restructuring, which was announced at the end of January," Rogers spokesperson Andrea Goldstein wrote in an e-mail. ``While this has been a tough year with Canadian NHL teams out of playoff contention early, our commitment to the NHL has never been stronger. There is no correlation between today’s change and our NHL deal.
"While changes are difficult, today’s restructure puts Sportsnet in a position for continued success as we remain focused on delivering industry-leading content and innovation across all platforms."
Color analyst Butch Goring gets tongue-tied.
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