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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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Protests Erupt Outside Of Camden Yards

Some Orioles players and staffers on Saturday night, including manager Buck Showalter, "considered spending the night inside the clubhouse" to avoid protests near the ballpark, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore SUN. There were "scary moments within the ballpark," as crowds gathered near C ...

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Sports in Society

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1,400  – Approximate number of live events SEC Network will have covered by its one-year anniversary, including multiplatform coverage on SEC Network +. The network hit the 1,000-event mark with a slate of Friday baseball games ( SEC Network ).

Bettman: "Katy Perry" Chants Not Sexist

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday indicated that he "has no issue" with Jets fans' chants that compared Ducks RW Corey Perry to pop star Katy Perry, according to John Wawrow of the AP. Bettman said, "I don't think taunting chants at players on the other side of the ice, assuming ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NHL

Mayweather-Pacquiao To Set Sponsor Records

Saturday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight is "expected to shatter all revenue records in boxing history, including for most money generated by sponsors," according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Top Rank President Todd duBoef on Friday said that their contracts "with five title sponsors" will ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Boxing

CBS, Time Warner Promoting Fight

Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight will get a broad blast of promotional support on the networks and platforms of parent companies CBS and Time Warner this week. CBS, which had seven of the 10 most-watched shows last week, will have promos during primetime and late-night ...

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Michael Smith and Jemele Hill , stars of ESPN2's "His & Hers," spoof the barbershop scenes from the '88 film "Coming To America" in these videos about the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. ESPN's Robert Flores and Reese Waters also make appearances.

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Longtime Expos GM Fanning Dies At 87

Former Expos GM and manager JIM FANNING , who "spent over 60 years in a variety of roles in professional baseball," died Saturday at the age of 87, according to the CP. Fanning most recently had "worked as an ambassador" for the Blue Jays. He was named the Expos' first GM in '68 and "spent 25 years ...

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CDI Balances Profits With Kentucky Derby Experience

Churchill Downs Inc. conceded some of the criticisms last year during Kentucky Derby week "'hurt' as the casino and racing company is doing more this year that is not purely profit driven," according to Gregory Hall of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. CDI this year "created a corporate-level pos ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Churchill Downs Inc.

Poll Shows Generational Divide Over Boston Bid

Massachusetts voters "are narrowly split on a Boston-area bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, though a majority across the state and within Boston would back a bid that prohibits public spending on sports venues and the running of the Games," according to a Sage Systems poll cited by Mark Arsenault of ...

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