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SBD/Issue 152/Sports Media
Published April 27, 2009
|FS Carolinas Broadcast Goes Out For About 20
Minutes During Devils-Hurricanes Game
PLAYOFF RATINGS NOTES: CSN Bay Area's telecast of Thursday's Sharks-Ducks Game Four delivered an average 3.2 local rating, with more than 77,400 HHs in the S.F./San Jose market watching the game. Sharks playoff games on the net are averaging a 3.7 rating, up 164% from the 1.4 regular-season average (CSN)....In Dallas, Barry Horn reported the Spurs-Mavericks first-round Western Conference playoff series is "averaging a 10.0 rating locally" in the Dallas market. The series is averaging a 16.5 rating in San Antonio (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/25).
PAY TO PLAY: In L.A., Jill Painter writes Lakers G Kobe Bryant's Web site, KB24.com, is "one of the premier athlete sites around." As a member of Bryant's fan club, you can "win a meet-and-greet" with Bryant or "design a pair of his shoes." There is a "blog, forum and all sorts of good stuff." Bryant also "will post at least once every couple of weeks" on the site. Fans can use these features "all for $49.95," as the "premium content is for paying customers only." Painter: "Wouldn't it be nice if those making millions recognized there are many who can't afford these luxuries anymore" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 4/27).