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The Economy and Sports TV Ratings

From Toni Fitzgerald at The Sentinel,

Yet the hockey bump could also be part of a greater revival for sports TV ratings in 2008 after years and years of declines.

The Super Bowl drew its biggest audience ever in February. National Basketball Association postseason ratings have boomed one year after its finals also hit an all-time low last June. NASCAR ratings are up this year on Fox.

Even viewership for the WNBA has jumped this year compared to last. Heck, that, along with the hockey spike and the coming cicada invasion this summer, may have people screaming “end of the world” very soon.

I’m no psychologist, or even a sociologist, but I also think this trend tells us a little bit about the country’s psyche.  I believe that in uncertain times, which would describe our economy right now, people get a certain comfort from the familiar. And there’s nothing more familiar than vegging out and watching sports, even if it’s not a sport you usually follow.

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  Tags: culture, media, television+ratings

Artists Love Hockey, Too

Until June, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is featuring at exhibit titled Arena: The Art of Hockey.  Part of the exhibit’s promotion was a regular street hockey game among artists.  More from The Coast.ca:

image“You don’t usually associate art with hockey, but it’s inherent in our identity as Canadians,” says SUNSCAD president Stefan Hancherow. “But the arts community is never seen as sports-oriented.”

“We have some really good artists and some really good players,” says design student Cody Petruk, who creates the group’s fun promotional posters.

“Anyone with any skill level can play,” says Logan. “We have students, faculty, friends…even a few Dal students. There are some regular female players, which is good, because it’s not male-dominated. Painters, sculptors…”

Note: the painting featured in this post is by Lisa Birke, titled “Great Canadian Hockey Quarry,” 2005. Many more images available online at the NS Gallery website.

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  Tags: culture, hockey+art, street+hockey

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