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College Hockey On NBC Sports Network This Weekend

via a NBC press release,

: On Friday, NBC Sports Network launches its coverage of the 2012-2013 NCAA hockey season with live coverage of the 16th annual Ice Breaker Tournament from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The tournament features some of the nation’s top teams from different conferences beginning with No. 10 Notre​ Dame vs. Maine at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Army taking on Nebraska-Omaha at 10 p.m. ET. On Saturday, NBC Sports Network will air the Ice Breaker Tournament championship at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Veteran NBC Sports Group NHL commentators will call the action with Dave Strader handling play-by-play and Pierre McGuire serving as ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst.

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NBC Sports Network Hurting

from John Ourand of SportBusiness Journal at The Sporting News, 

In the six weeks after the Olympics (Aug. 13 to Sept. 23), NBC Sports Network’s prime-time audience dropped 38 percent from the same six weeks of 2011. During that same six-week post-Olympic period, NBC Sports Network averaged 93,000 prime-time viewers. Its total day audience dropped 26 percent, to 48,000 viewers.

Shows promoted during the Olympics—and launched just afterward—have not found audiences. The MLB show “Caught Looking” has averaged 22,000 viewers for its first five original telecasts. The network’s morning highlights show “The Lights” has averaged 10,000 viewers for its telecasts.

For comparison’s sake, Versus’ most-watched shows in August 2011 came from genres that NBC has de-emphasized: mixed martial arts and Professional Bull Riders events, which regularly averaged more than 200,000 viewers.

Even network stars like Bob Costas have drawn tepid interest post-London. An original “Costas Tonight” drew only 40,000 viewers on Aug. 29. That’s down 63 percent from the viewer figure of the three previous episodes (which averaged 109,000)....

The prospect of losing NHL games due to the lockout further complicates the channel’s fall schedule.

“Live events are what draws viewers to sports networks,” Adgate said. “If the NHL doesn’t play, NBC Sports Network won’t have a lot of compelling live events.”

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The Network For Hockey

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Once upon a time, a new TV network needed sports programming and made a deal to broadcast NHL games.

The relationship benefited both parties. Over time the network dropped its gimmicky events, gaining major league sports and major credibility. It came to need the NHL much less than the NHL needed the network, and their relationship deteriorated.

That network — ESPN — parted ways with the NHL after the 2004-05 lockout, and as much as hockey fans long for ESPN’s mainstream cachet, that ship isn’t coming back. But the NHL’s retreat to the obscure Outdoor Life Network is finally looking better, thanks to a fortunate turn of events.

OLN became Versus, which became the NBC Sports Network not long after Comcast bought majority ownership of NBC. The deal between NBC Sports Network and the NHL, extended last year through 2020-21 and worth about $2 billion, has put 53 games on the air this season through Sunday, up from 36 at this point last season and on the way to 100 regular-season telecasts.

The network will show 10 games the final week of the season to highlight playoff races and will air West Coast games. Hallelujah to that, and to every playoff game being televised.

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