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John Buccigross at ESPN signs off until the fall and when asked about the NHL TV contract, this was his response…
“Both ESPN and ABC saw major viewer erosion during the postseason (NBA); both networks drew over a million fewer viewers than last year.”
The NHL is not alone. So, when you read these numbers, don’t let them affect your self-esteem. Imagine the television ratings if the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies met in the NBA Finals. That was what we had with the Senators and Ducks in the States.
You have to take Canada’s viewers in account when you talk about NHL interest—20 percent of the NHL’s teams are based north of the border. Whether it’s ratings or money, you have to combine the two. It’s a North America game and it is healthy.
Great job Bucci!!!
from the Atlanata Journal-Constitution,
Q: The salary cap was created in part to level the playing field between big market and small market teams. With the rise in league revenues, the cap keeps rising. Doesn’t that defeat the original purpose?
A: It’s a good question, and I like how you put that because revenues are growing in the league, the cap is going up. But our team revenues are not growing as fast as the league revenues are. Your question is, are we headed into a dangerous thing as the league cap continues to go up? If our revenues don’t meet or exceed that, it’s going to start putting us, and many teams in a very difficult position.
much more from Waddell, covering all the bases…
from the AP via the Santa Barbara News,
Fans snapped up Anaheim Ducks merchandise at an NHL-record rate during the team’s Game 5 clinching Stanley Cup victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Fans spent an average of $24.70 each buying souvenirs during Game 5 last week.
That was up 45.3 percent or $9.70 over the previous record of $17 set during Game 5 of the 2002 finals between Detroit and Carolina.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
A teenage hockey goalie has won $7,500 in a lawsuit that was filed after he was cut from his his midget AAA team.
Henri Richard — a Quebec court judge and not the former Montreal Canadiens star — says the Montreal Predateurs’ decision to cut Alexandre Di Ruocco was a serious blow to the teenager’s hopes of making it to the big leagues.
Chris Chelios will return for his 24th NHL season after re-signing with the Wings today, according to a Wings press release.
Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced the team has re-signed defenseman Chris Chelios to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the deal are not available.
“Chris is coming off another outstanding season and was one of the best defensemen on any team through three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” said Holland.
from the CP via the Fort Frances Times,
The president of Steelback Brewery, based in Tiverton, Ont., has filed a $2-million lawsuit against an Ottawa-based blogger he claims repeatedly libeled him on his popular sports website.
Filed late last week in court in Newmarket, Ont., Frank D’Angelo alleges Neate Sager damaged his reputation and his image in comments posted on Sager’s blog between August, 2006 and January of this year.
The NHL Fanhouse has more information on this topic…
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Some of the buzz around the hockey world right now is whether the San Jose Sharks are finally willing to move one of their two top-notch netminders -
Evgeni Nabokov (who has a no-trade clause) or Vesa Toskala.
“It’s not up to us. It’s nothing we can control,” Toskala told CP from his off-season home in Tampere, Finland. “Of course I’d like to stay in San Jose, it’s a great organization to play. But I really don’t know what’s going to happen.
“We both can play as a No. 1 and I know we both want to play. But neither of us can control the situation. We just have to wait and see what’s going to happen.”
more on UFAs…
The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a one-year deal with captain Mats Sundin for $5.5 million. It includes a no-trade clause.
An announcement is expected later today.
via the Tennessean,
Jim Balsillie has submitted a formal application to buy the Predators.
Balsillie’s lawyer, Toronto-based attorney Richard Rodier, said the application was sent to the NHL late Monday.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the league received the application Monday night.
The application, which includes a purchase agreement, is a step that’s necessary before the NHL’s Board of Governors would review Balsillie’s bid to purchase the Predators from current owner Craig Leipold.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
A study of the 20 players selected first overall between 1987 and 2006 allows one to make three encouraging predictions about the career of the next one to be so chosen:
1. The player will make it to the National Hockey League (19 out of 20*).
2. The player will play in the NHL for the team that drafted him (18 out of 20**).
3. The player will enjoy an extended and productive career.
These predictions may seem like common sense, but accurately forecasting the career paths of young men not even 20 years old is difficult, to say the least. Some of the 20 players selected with the top pick since Buffalo tagged Pierre Turgeon in 1987 played at least one season in a minor professional, major junior, or collegiate league after being drafted but before joining their NHL team.
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