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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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01/27/14
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01/20/14
Mandalay Sports buys Roadside

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01/20/14
FS1 to broadcast nine horse races

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01/20/14
Fight Pass exceeds UFC’s expectations

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01/20/14
PGA digital redesign puts mobile first

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01/20/14
Yahoo’s ‘Loops’ raising rights issues

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01/13/14
New York Life signs with Big East

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