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  • FSN North Inks Multi-Year Renewal With T’Wolves

    FSN North Adds Telecasts In
    Multi-Year T’Wolves Extension
    FSN North renewed its rights deal with the T’Wolves, signing a multi-year deal that extends a 12-year relationship. Terms were not immediately available, though the length is expected to be between seven and ten years. As part of the deal, which will start with the ’08-09 season, FSN North will televise 40 games per season. Under the current deal, FSN North — the only RSN in the Minneapolis market — televises 35 games. The deal also includes the rights to all first-round and some second-round playoff games. Tom Hanneman and Jim Petersen will continue to do play-by-play and color for the telecasts. Also as part of the deal, FSN North has agreed to produce a weekly half-hour show called “Wolves Live.” The RSN also has committed to carry six WNBA Lynx games per season.

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  • NHL Offering Assistance To Papers Not Attending Cup Finals

    The NHL this week “began contacting beat writers” who would not be attending the Ducks-Senators Stanley Cup Finals in an “attempt to drum up interest and get stories in papers,” according to William Houston of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. The league offered assistance including “delivering information through conference calls and other long-distance measures.” N.Y. Post Sports Editor Greg Gallo, whose paper will not send a writer to the finals, said, “Anaheim and Ottawa just doesn’t work for us.” N.Y. Times Sports Editor Tom Jolly “feels the interest in the game over the past 10 years has declined.” Jolly: “I think the lockout was the watershed moment. There was a lack of outrage in the United States about the lockout, and people took stock of that.” L.A. Times columnist Helene Elliott added, “A lot of decisions are based on web traffic. [Editors] base their decisions on how many clicks different stories get and different teams get.” Houston notes U.S. newspapers accredited for the finals include the Boston Globe, N.Y. Daily News, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and USA Today. In Canada, there “may also be fewer newspapers covering the final.” Sun Media’s newspapers will use the Ottawa Sun for their coverage and the CanWest chain will “rely heavily on Ottawa Citizen coverage” (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/25).

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  • InDemand’s Mojo To Air Show On Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders

    InDemand’s HD channel Mojo is launching a docu-reality series on Wednesday that profiles six minor leaguers from the Triple-A PCL Tucson Sidewinders, a D’Backs affiliate. The series, called “The Show,” is based on last season, when the Sidewinders won their first PCL Championship. Joe Mantegna (of “Godfather III” fame) will narrate the series, which is a joint production of MLB Productions, Al Roker Entertainment and Shoot and Move Media. Stars of the show are 3B Brian Barden, P Bill Murphy, CF Chris Young, P Casey Daigle, P Dustin Nippert and RF Carlos Quentin. Quentin and Young are now with the D’Backs.

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  • Le Anne Schreiber Making Splash As ESPN Ombudsman

    Le Anne Schreiber Not Holding
    Back As ESPN Ombudsman
    ESPN Ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber, whose two-year appointment began April 1, is “already making waves,” according to Michael McCarthy of USA TODAY. Schreiber received “overwhelming” support in e-mails from viewers after she “called out Sean Salisbury, Skip Bayless, Jay Mariotti and Woody Paige for yelling too much on the air.” Schreiber points to Bayless as one of the most “vehement and absolutist” personalities on the air, and said pitting him in debates against Stephen A. Smith on was “asking for disaster.” McCarthy notes Schreiber also “came down hard” on ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd for “urging listeners to shut down TheBigLead.com.” She also “doesn’t like the showboating she sees” on “SportsCenter.” She said too many anchors try to “make themselves more important than the news” (USA TODAY, 5/25).

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  • Blog Hound: Stanley Cup Finals May Struggle For Viewers

    With Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Senators and Ducks set for Monday night in Anaheim, the blogosphere is talking about the potential lack of interest the U.S. and even Canada.

    The Confluence of the Three Rivers
    Posted By: Tony Ferrante
    “The collective faces of the NHL front office has to, yet again, be wincing when they realize what anemic TV ratings they’re going to be getting in the U.S. when a Canadian team is facing a West Coast team for the Stanley Cup Finals.”
    Hockey Beat
    Posted By: Mark
    “Even in Canada, you’d be hard pressed to find a hockey fan rabid about the prospects of an Ottawa-Anaheim Stanley Cup final - outside of Ottawa. The problem is the warm weather has arrived and people are thinking about patios, beer, BBQs, camping, baseball, boating, cottages, etc. as opposed to hockey.”
    A Price Above Bip Roberts
    Posted By: Ted
    “This sets up a halfway decent Stanley Cup Finals between the Ducks and Senators. Now, from a market perspective, it sucks. Anaheim, although its kinda sorta Los Angeles, is technically the 10th biggest market in California, and Ottawa is only the fourth biggest market in Canada itself.”
    The Unruly Fan
    Posted By: Kurt Graser
    “For American television ratings, this Stanley Cup will be a bust. Just another ‘bump in the road’ for hockey in America. How does a league regain their popularity when the less popular teams continue to make it to the Stanley Cup?”
    Sports As Life
    Posted By: Luke
    “Is anyone going to watch this? I know I’m sure not. I don’t think anyone outside of those two cities is going to watch it with anything other than a passing interest, if that. I can’t see people in Canada getting behind Ottawa like they’ve gotten behind Edmonton and Calgary in recent years. It’s just not going to happen.”

    BUILDING THE BUZZ: The Sports Blog Index analyzed the buzz surrounding the Stanley Cup Playoffs and, in particular, the level of interest given the smaller markets of Ottawa and Anaheim. A slight majority of bloggers offering opinions do not think that the level of interest will be very high, though many say that they are looking forward to the match-up regardless of interest from casual fans. Visit www.SportsBusinessDaily.com for more analysis.

    • The sentiment was based on blogs specifically discussing the effect of the Stanley Cup on the NHL as a whole.
    • Blogs covering the Stanley Cup, but not offering opinion on how it would impact the level of interest were not counted.
    • Many Canadian bloggers are critical of the push to describe Ottawa as Canada's team.
     

    Do you have a blog post that our readers would find interesting? Please forward your submission to bloghound@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Final Nielsen Ratings For Weekend Sports Events

    The following lists final Nielsen ratings for recent sports events.  N/A = Not available at presstime (THE DAILY).

    SHOW
    DATE
    NET
    TIME
    RAT/SHR
    WNBA: Monarchs-Shock
    5/19
    ABC
    3:30-5:45pm
    N/A
    "Science of Golf: Power Game"
    5/19
    CBS
    2:00-3:00pm
    0.5/2
    Golf: PGA Tour: AT&T Classic: Third Round
    5/19
    CBS
    3:00-6:00pm
    1.1/3
    MLB: (regional)(Yankees-Mets 73%)
    5/19
    Fox
    3:45-7:45pm
    2.8/7
    NHL: Eastern Conference Finals:
    Senators-Sabres: Game Five
    5/19
    NBC
    2:00-4:44pm
    0.9/3
    NTRA: Preakness Stakes: Pre-Race
    5/19
    NBC
    5:00-5:40pm
    3.7/10
    NTRA: Preakness Stakes: Race Portion
    5/19
    NBC
    5:40-6:50pm
    5.7/14
    NTRA: Preakness Stakes: Total Coverage
    5/19
    NBC
    5:00-6:50pm
    4.9/13
    IRL: Indianapolis 500 Bump Day
    5/20
    ABC
    1:00-3:00pm
    N/A
    "NBA Countdown"
    5/20
    ABC
    3:00-3:30pm
    N/A
    NBA: Western Conference Finals:
    Jazz-Spurs: Game One
    5/20
    ABC
    3:30-6:00pm
    3.1/-
    American Le Mans Series:
    Utah Grand Prix (taped)
    5/20
    CBS
    1:00-3:00pm
    0.5/2
    Golf: PGA Tour: AT&T Classic: Final Round
    5/20
    CBS
    3:00-6:30pm
    2.1/5
    National Heads Up Poker
    Championship (taped)
    5/20
    NBC
    12:00-3:00pm
    0.9/3
    NHL: Western Conference Finals:
    Ducks-Red Wings: Game Five
    5/20
    NBC
    3:00-6:00pm
    1.4/3

     

    SHOW
    DATE
    NET
    U.S. AREA
    COV. AREA
    HHs
    NBA: Western Conference Semifinals:
    Warriors-Jazz: Game One
    5/7
    TNT
    2.4
    2.9
    2,710
    NBA: Eastern Conference Semifinals:
    Bulls-Pistons: Game Two
    5/7
    TNT
    2.0
    2.4
    2,243
    NBA: Western Confernce Semifinals:
    Spurs-Suns: Game Two
    5/8
    TNT
    2.7
    3.3
    3,058
    NBA: Eastern Conference Semifinals:
    Nets-Cavaliers: Game Two
    5/8
    TNT
    2.0
    2.4
    2,210
    NBA: Western Conference Semifinals:
    Warriors-Jazz: Game Two
    5/9
    TNT
    2.8
    3.3
    3,111
    NBA: Eastern Conference Semifinals:
    Pistons-Bulls: Game Three
    5/10
    ESPN
    2.2
    2.7
    2,480
    NBA: Western Conference Semifinals:
    Jazz-Warriors: Game Three
    5/11
    ESPN
    2.1
    2.5
    2,326
    NASCAR Busch Series:
    Diamond Hill Plywood 200
    5/11
    ESPN2
    1.3
    1.6
    1,461
    NBA: Eastern Conference Semifinals:
    Cavaliers-Nets: Game Three
    5/12
    ESPN
    1.5
    1.8
    1,639
    NBA: Western Conference Semifinals:
    Jazz-Warriors: Game Four
    5/13
    TNT
    2.9
    3.5
    3,250
    MLB: Sunday Night Baseball: Tigers-Twins
    5/13
    ESPN
    1.2
    1.5

    1,35

    NBA: Through nine NBA playoff games, ABC is averaging a 2.9 Nielsen rating, down 19.4% from a 3.6 through nine games last year. ESPN averaged a 2.2 coverage-area rating for 14 NBA playoff games in the first and second rounds, down 21.4% from a 2.8 for 15 games last season....ESPN earned a 2.2 overnight cable Nielsen rating for its coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, up 47% from a 1.5 in ’06. Among the cities whose teams had the best chances in the lottery, Memphis ranked second overall with a 4.7, Boston ranked sixth with a 3.7 and Milwaukee ranked seventh with a 3.6 (THE DAILY).

    HORSES: NBC’s coverage of the Preakness Stakes earned a 4.9/13 final national rating, down 9.3% from ’06. The pre-race portion of the broadcast earned a 3.9/10, down 5.1% from last year, while the race drew a 5.7/14, a 13.6% decrease from a 6.6/16 in ’06 (NBC).

    CANADA: The CBC averaged 1.7 million viewers for the Senators-Sabres NHL Eastern Conference Finals, down 6% from the Hurricanes-Sabres Eastern Conference Finals in ’06. Meanwhile, no playoff game “cracked the top 25 in the Toronto area during the week of May 7-13” (TORONTO STAR, 5/24)....The CBC drew 503,000 viewers for the May 19 MLS United-Toronto FC game that was played at the same time as Senators-Sabres Game Five and aired on tape-delay following the hockey game, the net’s largest audience for a Toronto FC game by over 350,000 people (TORONTO STAR, 5/25).

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  • What’s The Frequency?

    THE DAILY presents “What’s The Frequency?,” which highlights the subjects being discussed this week during afternoon drive shows on sports talk radio across the U.S. The following chart lists some of those topics. Local stations are listed in order of market size.

    NATIONAL SHOWS
    NBA Radio on Sirius (3-6pm ET) “In The Paint”
    NBA Draft lottery –- guests included Jerry West, Larry Bird, Dominique Wilkins; Billy King, Brandon Roy, Kevin Durant
    Sirius NFL Radio (3-7pm ET) “The Afternoon Blitz”
    Keyshawn Johnson retires; Trent Green; Chris Henry rumors; Cowboys excited about new direction under Wade Phillips
    MARKET -- STATION
    SHOW
    Detroit -- WXYT “The Sports Inferno”
    NBA Draft lottery; Red Wings playoff run ends; Pistons-Cavaliers series; Michael Vick
    Miami --WQAM “Power Hour”
    Dolphins continue Trent Green talks; Marlins’ winning streak; NBA playoffs generating little interest
    Seattle -- KJR “The Gas Man”
    Sonics get No. 2 pick in NBA Draft; Will No. 2 pick help keep Sonics in Seattle?; Trail Blazers get top pick; Will Durant, Oden rekindle Sonics-Blazers rivalry?; Ichiro hitting streak
    Phoenix -- KDUS “Calling All Sports With Roc & Manuch”
    Why is Amare Stoudemire playing for team USA?; Will Shawn Marion follow?; Suns without a lottery pick; Arizona State wins Pac-10 baseball; D’Backs continue struggling on offense
    Minneapolis -- KFAN “The Chad Hartman Show”
    T’Wolves’ bad lottery luck; Twins’ injury woes; NBA playoffs; Boxing with George Foreman; NHL playoffs; Vikings
    Charlotte -- WFNZ “Prime Time With The Packman”
    Coca-Cola 600 preview; Indy 500 preview; Bobcats hire Sam Vincent as head coach; NBA playoffs; Michael Vick; Clinton Portis’ comments about Vick; Jason Giambi
         

    Want to add your own Frequency? Contact Josh Rosen at jrosen@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Media Notes

    ESPN was the only multiple winner at the 12th annual Eppy Awards, given by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek for the best media Web sites, claiming top spots in the sports and TV categories (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 5/25).

    MUSCLE SPASMS: In N.Y., Keith Kelly notes the cover of the June/July issue of Men’s Fitness where ATPer Andy Roddick’s head “was attached to the body of a bulked up male model may be triggering some ... defections from staffers who object to the doctoring.” Neal Boulton, who was Editor-in-Chief at the time and approved the cover, resigned for personal reasons about a week ago and was replaced by Roy Johnson. A source said that design consultant Mary Anne Butler “resigned after objecting to the practice and staff design director John Gilman is said to be on the brink of resigning” (N.Y. POST, 5/25).

    NOTES: The Big Ten Network’s first on-air hire is ESPN’s Dave Revsine, who will be the lead studio host and do some basketball play-by-play (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/25)....Golf Channel and Cablevision have agreed to make the network available to the MSO’s more than 2 million iO digital subscribers. The deal makes Golf Channel at least a basic digital offering on every major cable system nationwide (Golf Channel).

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