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from Antony Bruno of Broadcasting & Cable,
Both aired in the same timeframe, with the NBA’s championship series running from June 4 through June 16 and the NHL’s games from June 3 through June 15. Both were aired on major broadcast networks, with ABC presenting the NBA games (along with ESPN) while NBC owned the NHL series (along with NBC Sports). And both best-of-seven series lasted only six games.
But the similarities end there. The NBA Finals massively outpaced the NHL Finals in terms of advertising revenue, generating over $220 million in estimated spending compared to the $43.6 million the Stanley Cup Finals attracted, which has implications both in terms of network revenue impact and brand advertiser effect.
The impact on the different networks airing these finals is striking. The NBA series contributed nearly 60% of ABC’s total advertising haul for the timeframe they aired. Meanwhile the NHL series contributed just over 17% to NBC’s ad revenue over their airing dates (yet was about 50% of NBC Sports’ revenue).
These figures will likely come into play when it comes time for the networks and the leagues to negotiate new carriage contracts. The NHL in particular has only recently returned to network TV after several years of cable banishment. While its advertising take looks paltry compared to basketball, baseball, and football playoffs, the NHL has seen an increase in revenue over the years. Last year was particularly lucrative as the Finals featured teams from two huge media markets—the LA Kings and NY Rangers. Whether relatively smaller markets like Chicago and Tampa Bay can continue the trend to NBC’s approval is a factor worth following.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- The NHL did not do the teams’ hockey operations groups any good with its scheduling and locations of the GM meetings (Tuesday, Las Vegas) and the draft (Friday and Saturday, Sunrise). Bruins GM Don Sweeney, for example, took a red-eye from Las Vegas to South Florida after the meetings. The decision didn’t just place GMs on the other side of the country from their colleagues heading into the most important weekend of the year, it also taxed the GMs by forcing them to fly from one coast to the other. With draft boards, trades, and RFA/UFA interviews on their agendas, GMs needed to be at their freshest physically and clearest mentally. The travel schedule did not allow that to happen.
- Three GMs did not consider Carey Price worthy of their first-place Vezina votes. Pekka Rinne, Devan Dubnyk, and Henrik Lundqvist each nabbed one apiece, keeping Price from sweeping the voting. Price should have been a unanimous selection given his dominance (44-16-6, 1.96 goals-against average, .933 save percentage, nine shutouts) on a flawed Montreal team. Price saved 36.51 goals above a replacement-level goalie, according to http://www.war-on-ice Cory .Schneider was No. 2 in that category, saving 29.93 goals above replacement level. Schneider, meanwhile, did not even qualify among the top nine in the Vezina ranking. Andrew Hammond, Jonathan Quick, and Cam Talbot tied for seventh place. None of those three came close to approaching Schneider’s performance. Perhaps the GMs did not have enough time to study the results closely enough. For that reason alone, they did not do the voting justice.
- If your local fireworks seem a little weak on Saturday, you can blame the Bruins. They used them all up by trading Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.
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via Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
At Surrender (Encore at Wynn) on Wednesday after the NHL Awards show at the MGM Grand: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who took home four awards: The Hart Memorial Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and the William M. Jennings Trophy. Also there: Malcolm Subban of the Boston Bruins, Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, Jaromír Jágr of the Florida Panthers and Jirí Hudler, captain (?) of the Calgary Flames. … Hudler, celebrating his big night after winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards Show at the MGM Grand Garden. Also at Crush: Ryan Getzlaf, captain of the Anaheim Ducks. … At Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay on Wednesday: Erik Karlsson, captain of the Otto(?)wa Senators, the James Norris Trophy winner. Also there: former NHL standouts Daniel Alfredsson and Anson Carter.
from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
A sweltering June day that will go down in history in Las Vegas.
A historic moment was added to the timeline Wednesday, the sort of announcement that forever could be etched into those occurrences that most define Las Vegas.
Clark County was created in 1909, the Boulder Canyon project approved almost 20 years later, and it was apparently a big deal around here when the city’s population reached 2,000, although today that would be defined as the number of students in a high school English class.
Sports also have produced such notable memories, but none will be considered more significant than that which officially began on a June afternoon in a studio ballroom at the MGM Grand.
Las Vegas took its next anticipated step toward welcoming its first major league professional sports franchise when the NHL agreed to formally open an expansion process, meaning there is enough interest from 30 owners to pursue those folks with the desire and means and know-how to join their fraternity.
Which means folks with a half billion dollars laying around to cover an expansion fee.
Bill Foley has all that and more, and the chairman of Fidelity National Financial appears more than ever set to become the person who delivers Las Vegas its long-desired major league team.
And that is incredibly historic.
So forget geography. Focus instead on the cities that have the greatest chance of success. Then worry about how to divvy them up.
If there are two worthy applicants, for example, the league can go to four eight-team divisions. Want to bring in three teams? Create three 11-team divisions. Either is viable with a 1 vs. 16 playoff format, although that’s certainly not the only way to skin the postseason cat.
There are bound to be some surprises as the process unfolds over the next few weeks. A fresh take on what qualifies, or disqualifies, a market should be one of them.
-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on expansion.
NHL ANNOUNCES 2015-16 SCHEDULE
The NHL released its complete schedule for the 2015-16 season. The 1,230-game slate begins on Wednesday, Oct. 7, with four contests, highlighted by the Blackhawks raising their third championship banner in the past six seasons. The regular season concludes on Saturday, April 9, with all 30 teams in action.
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BOARD AUTHORIZES PROCESS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST . . .
The NHL’s Board of Governors authorized the undertaking of a formal process to evaluate expressions of interest from markets and ownership groups interested in obtaining NHL clubs. To the extent parties may be interested in applying for an expansion team, the League will make applications available starting on Monday, July 6, and applications should be filed no later than Monday, Aug. 10.
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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
GTA Sports and Entertainment CEO Graeme Roustan, who has been attempting to construct an 18,000-plus seat arena in the Markham area for several years, confirmed Wednesday night that his organization definitely will pursue the opportunity .
“I’d say that in the coming days we intend to reach out to the league about bringing another NHL franchise to southern Ontario,” Roustan said in a phone interview with Postmedia Network.
Roustan’s comments came less than an hour after commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league will open a formal process in which expansion applications will be accepted. The deadline to submit the paperwork for the interested parties will be Aug. 10.
“(The league’s announcement) means different things to different people,” Roustan said. “We’re now seeing an opportunity for a process to apply for an NHL franchise which we’ve privately been hoping for.
“We’re going to proceed with the process. Hopefully we’re successful with it.”
added 8:16am, Zeisberger with more on the expansion talk...
Jonathan Pitre is a boy that suffers from the extremely rare Epidermolysis Bullosa, but faces every day with a positive heart and a love of hockey, inspiring the Ottawa Senators and the whole NHL community.
Jiri Hudler after winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy...
First joke drops just after 7:00pm ET on NBCSN and Sportsnet.
Feel free to comment on the show as the awards are given out.
As for me, I will try to update the award winners in the comment section but my main priority is to try to relax a bit, a big workload ahead for the next two weeks or so.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Despite all the cautious word games played by league officials Wednesday, in which Bettman reiterated that Foley had to file the same paperwork as any other potential bidder, the expectation is not if Foley and Co. will land an expansion franchise, but when that might happen.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the earliest possible expansion date a new team could play would be the 2017-18 season.
Bettman said he was impressed by the work the Vegas group has done to date, but cautioned: “There is no list, there’s no priority, there’s been no determination other than – we’ve been listening for a while. Let’s take a look.
“Expansion is a serious and important business decision. You don’t do it frivolously.”
The waters get murkier beyond Vegas, however. Quebec would be a logical choice, because it has an established fan base, a new 18,500-seat arena set to open in September, plus a well-heeled prospective owner in Videotron, the cash-rich subsidiary of media giant Quebecor.
From an NHL perspective, the problem with Quebec, or any other potential Eastern Conference candidate, is its geography.
With 16 teams already operating in the Eastern time zone, the NHL would ideally prefer to put two more teams in the West, for a balanced 32-team league. Vegas and a team in the Pacific Northwest would fit the bill. Seattle and Portland have both been linked to NHL expansion in the past, though neither city is anywhere nearly as close as Quebec to putting together a viable bid.
At some point, any number of groups representing metropolitan Toronto may also come out of the woodwork, though Bettman has always been lukewarm about that possibility.
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