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MSG Network Sees Best First-Round Rating Ever For Rangers

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 27 / 15

MSG Networks averaged a 4.64 local rating in N.Y. for the five-game Rangers-Penguins Stanley Cup Playoff series, marking the Rangers’ highest-rated First Round series ever on the RSN. The 4.64 rating is up 38% from the seven-game Rangers-Flyers series last year. The series also delivered recor...

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Pitt Names Utah State's Barnes Next AD

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CAA Sports Acquires Fermata

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St. Louis Group Calls For Kroenke To Chip In

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Oilers Continue Front Office Shakeup

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NHL Won't Consider Seattle Without Arena Plan

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Kentucky Derby Horse Promotes Big Fight

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