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Report: Sabres Again Boast Strong TV Ratings

SportsBusiness Journal has released a report detailing regional and national television ratings for U.S.-based NHL clubs, and the Sabres once again are near the top of the heap.

According to the report, which included data for all American teams except for Carolina, Buffalo had the second-highest regional sports network ratings (behind Pittsburgh) in the NHL.

Ratings jumps are not just coming from teams that are doing well on the ice. Despite posting the league’s third-worst record as of Thursday, the Sabres have seen a lot of success on television. The team’s 10.13 rating on MSG is second only to the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins.

On the down side, Buffalo's ratings increase compared to last season ranks in the bottom five on the list.  While Sabres games on MSG have a rating 17.8% higher than last season after the same number of games, the New Jersey Devils lead the pack with an impressive jump of 205.6%.

The big loser on the list is the Florida Panthers, whose games on FS Florida are averaging only 4,000 viewers per game.

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genodog's avatar

Terry Pegula has the money, he should start a regional network to cover Sabres games as well as Bisons and Jays games. The lousy Bills started the whole regional franchising idea, why not expand it to a market that would take off. With the Bisons now a Blue Jays affiliate it would make sense to carry both them and the Jays and the potential for the baseball side of the business could really take of as well. There could also be opportunities for the local college markets to be included as well as high school and outdoors features as well on some basis to keep programming current to the season at hand.

Posted by genodog on 04/09/13 at 01:15 AM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

That’s been discussed at length, and the reason he isn’t doing that just yet is because the Sabres have a contractual obligation with MSG for a few more years.  When that expires, it wouldn’t surprise me if he sets up his own network.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 04/09/13 at 07:50 AM ET

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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