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Babcock’s Bowling Statement

I used the following quote from Mike Babcock yesterday as my Afternoon Line and now you can hear it too.


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Paul's avatar

Darn it, my intention was to post this in the Malik Report but I am moving like a zombie today.  Sorry.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/19/12 at 01:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

When Uncle Mike says it like that versus what I read from the reports and articles, I get more depressed.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 12/19/12 at 01:31 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I think Uncle Mike meant to say he hopes the NHL can recover and be as popular as bowling.

Here are some numbers from the 2010-2011 season, particularly January 2011, because I found some info on bowling ratings from that time.

Bowling ratings:

“The ABC telecast of the PBA’s “Tournament of Champions” final produced a 0.8 Nielsen household rating, representing 871,000 households and 1.1 million viewers.”

“The rating, while slightly higher than the tour’s ESPN average the past two years, still has to come as a disappointment to the PBA, which heavily promoted the telecast.”

“Apparently the telecast wasn’t promoted enough, because a number of people I spoke to either forgot about the telecast or weren’t aware that it was airing on a Saturday.”

Here are the ESPN number for the PBA the past five years:

Season Rtg Households Viewers
2009-10 0.6 644,000 783,000
2008-09 0.7 749,000 912,000
2007-08 0.8 757,000 918,000
2006-07 0.8 710,000 871,000
2005-06 0.8 698,000 901,000


Here are the hockey ratings I dug up:

the NHL on Versus, which is averaging a 0.17 and 261,000 this season (39 telecasts through January 12).


Versus drew a 0.3 U.S. rating and 523,000 viewers for Penguins/Bruins January 10, despite competition from the BCS National Championship Game on ESPN. The game outdrew competing college basketball coverage on ESPN2 (ND/MARQ: 0.3, 491,000). According to Puck the Media, the game ranks as the third-most viewed NHL telecast on Versus this season.


I wonder how the NHL fared against Darts and foosball?

The NHL: More people watch games people play while drinking than our sport. Brought to you by the hockey-loving, sports-marketing labor-law geniuses of Proskauer Rose.


Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 12/19/12 at 02:25 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

I am moving like a zombie today.  Sorry.
Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/19/12 at 12:28 PM ET

Getting a jump-start on the Friday Zombie Apocalypse, eh?

Posted by Tripwire32 from the binary digisphere on 12/19/12 at 04:00 PM ET


that’s epic Capt D, got a good laugh.  Who knew.

probably would have just been easier to say: bowling is on espn. NHL isn’t.

OLN/versus/NBCSN has struggled to gain traction. it probably gets more viewers for the tour de france than hockey.

Posted by syndrome on 12/20/12 at 12:22 PM ET

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