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Watching Game 6 On NBC

via The Wrap, (Preliminary numbers)

At NBC—which signed a massive, 10-year deal to retain its hockey rights in April—Game 6 of the Stanley Cup dominated the roster from 8-11. The face-off between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks felt a 34 percent slip from last year’s Game 6, taking a 1.9/5 in the demo and 5.2 million total viewers.

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Points to ponder

Last year two US teams with large tv markets were in the finals.

Last was an Olympic year with a possible carryover.

Last year game six went to ot, this year,if I saw the score was 4-0 early on sportscenter, I might not bother to tune in.

Last year game 6 was on 6/9, this year it was four days later.  I have always contended that the further past Labor day the playoffs continue the harder it is to retain the casual fan.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 06/14/11 at 04:00 PM ET

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The NHL was able to pull a fast one over NBC. They way overpaid for these rights.
Hockey is and always will be a niche, regional sport.
Chances are, those 5M+ viewers were mostly from New England and a couple of other states. The rest of the country doesn’t care.

The only chance hockey ever has to gaining a bigger national audience is if they open the game up a LOT more.
There needs to be at least ten 100-point scorers, five or six 50+ goal scorers and an average of 7-8 gpg.
And that doesn’t mean 2 to 3 more rebound/screen/deflection goals (which is 95% of them today).
There needs to be more odd man rushes, breakaways and clearn 15-foot snappers.

It’s easy to do. But right now, the NHL doesn’t care to do this, and the very small, but rabid hockey collective in the US doesn’t want this.
Most want low scoring games with endless cycling, conservative 1-2-2 or 1-3-1 offensive schemes and long droughts between authentic scoring chances.

NHL hockey is basically soccer, mixed with rugby on ice.

It’s why I haven’t watched a full regular season hockey game in almost 4 years.
This season, I think I tuned in for 1 or 2 full Red Wing playoff games.
The game simply isn’t exciting enough for me. Damn that 80’s hockey I grew up with!!! Why did you tease me with offensive brilliance and a multitude of nice, clean goals and plentiful scoring chances??? Curse you!!!

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/14/11 at 05:09 PM ET

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The game simply isn’t exciting enough for me.

Good, go watch something else then.

Posted by Garth on 06/14/11 at 06:19 PM ET

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Good, go watch something else then.

Duh, I have. Or didn’t you read my post.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/14/11 at 06:23 PM ET

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Great wait til it’s an all Canadian Final.  Grey Cup ratings.  5 million people is a big number in Canada.  More people watch a Seinfeld rerun on a Tuesday night in the U.S.

Posted by 13 user names on 06/14/11 at 07:55 PM ET

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