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Penguins again rock local-market TV ratings

04 / 14 / 14

For the fifth consecutive time, the Pittsburgh Penguins led the way among NHL clubs for local-market TV ratings for the league’s regular season. The ranking is based on an analysis of ratings information for clubs that make their Nielsen data available. The NHL’s regular sea...

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Strategies to build MLB broadcast team

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MLB gets deals for net, Extra Innings

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04/07/14
Live local streaming at a standstill

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04/07/14
Execs expect strong NFL slate for CBS

This year’s NFL schedule release has created even greater anticipation among the league’s TV partners, thanks to the presence of CBS’s first Thursday night package. Executives expect that schedule to more closely resemble NBC’s high-profile “Sunday Night Football” package than the slate of games NFL Network has carried.

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03/31/14
Golf Channel gets Ryder Cup Friday

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Broadband services worry TV execs

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03/31/14
Overseas bouts shift model for HBO

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MLB on Fox: New voices, channel, platforms

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