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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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01/13/14
SEC net’s cost will top other conferences

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01/13/14
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01/13/14
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01/13/14
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01/13/14
Tier to boost NBCSN numbers

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01/06/14
Five takeaways on the SEC Network

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