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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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LiftMaster To Sponsor Pole At Kentucky Speedway

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Tags: NHL, Rogers Communications, Media, NBC

Ressler Saw Value In Hawks, Market

It is clear prospective Hawks Owner Tony Ressler "has known for a long time what he wanted to buy with some of his personal fortune: a professional sports franchise," according to a profile by Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Ressler first "tried to buy" the Dodgers and then the ...

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Jury selection begins in the trial of Phil Kenner and Tommy Constantine , who are accused of defrauding nearly 20 current and former NHL players.

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