The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 03/26/13 at 10:40 AM ET
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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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.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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