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NBC's Bruins-Canucks Finale Tied As Best Stanley Cup Game Seven Overnight Ever
Published June 16, 2011
WORTH THE INVESTMENT: Comcast Chair & CEO Brian Roberts said the company is "delighted to have just extended for 10 years" its deal for the NHL. Roberts: "I think we have momentum with the league, with the sport, with the channel Versus -- there’s been some discussion on whether that will change the brand which we're really looking at -- and building upon our Olympics of last week renewal for a decade. We think we've got some compelling content as you pointed out that is ultimately what the consumer wants on whatever device and from whatever provider” ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 6/16).
DEVELOPING A ROOTING INTEREST: In N.Y., David Hinckley writes he was "delighted" by the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final, as both were "wins for the good guys." The Heat "came into the finals swaggering ... all but declaring they were the smartest, baddest kids on the block." So when the team "had already won the first game of this year's championship finals and was ahead up by 15 points toward the end of the second game," Heat F LeBron James and G Dwyane Wade "started trading signals that this check was written." That is a big part of the reason "so much of America smiled when Miami managed to blow that game and three of the next four." Meanwhile, Hinckley noted the Canucks won the first two games of the Cup Final over the Bruins and were "looking, honestly, like the better team." But then a "disposable, mediocre Vancouver player named Aaron Rome took a blindside cheap shot at Boston's best wing, Nathan Horton," in Game Three. Hinckley: "That one unnecessary hit turned the Canucks' image from young, likeable and talented into arrogant bully" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 6/16).