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March 11, 2014 09:10 AM
SportsBusiness Journal this week profiles the members of its 2014 class of Forty Under 40. In addition to sharing with you their individual stories, we’re presenting here collectively some of their responses to questions we asked them during their interviews.
Today, we present their answers to the following question:
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago?Renie Anderson: Probably to wear more sunblock!
Nate Appleman: Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Jump in and give it your best, and you’ll realize your fears weren’t really all that intimidating or difficult to overcome.
Bess Barnes: Don’t be afraid to show your personality. Dan Margulis told me that five years ago, and it would have been good to know 10 years ago.
Jessica Berman: If you work hard, your career will be there. There is no rush.
Amy Brooks: As the saying goes, the days are long but the years are short. Live in and enjoy the moment.
Jeremy Carey: Nothing. I had a lot of fun making all those mistakes and I’m pretty happy about what I learned from them and where they got me.
Ethan Casson: Don’t get caught up in the things you can’t control; rather, focus your efforts on the things you can control and look for ways to influence change for the better.
Kelly Cheeseman: Seasons come and go, but your career in sports is your whole life. Relax and have fun.
Justin Connolly: Travel more before you have kids.
Eric Conrad: Go for your MBA at 25; it’s easier than when you have three kids. And buy Apple stock.
Rick Cordella: Stay with it. The hard work is worth it.
Jim DeLorenzo: Nothing. That would take all the fun out of the journey.
Dave Finocchio: Trust your gut and act on it.
Jessica Gelman: Don’t settle, follow your passion, and buy Google stock — lots of it.
Jonathan Gibson: Take time to make important decisions. Your first reaction isn’t always the best reaction.
Alison Giordano: Take in every moment.
David Greenspan: Keep your eyes not just on the ball, but down the road.
Kirsten Hunt: Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks.
Tucker Kain: In addition to being results-driven, focus time and energy on relationship-building. Understanding who people are and what they care about is an incredibly important tool in business and life.
Joe Karlgaard: Slow down and enjoy the moment. This all is going to happen really fast.
Ed Kiernan: Everything you experience (good and bad) leads you to become the person you are, so why try to go back and change anything?
Chris Klein: Not to get consumed with the present challenges. Always have an eye for the bigger picture.
Josh Kroenke: Keep your eyes and ears open at all times, because there are paths to success and failure at every turn.
Damani Leech: Stretch, before and after workouts.
Andrew Lustgarten: Something my father said to me: Find something you love and do it, as you will do it well.
Rod Moskowitz: You are there to advise your client, not tell them they must do something.
Ahmad Nassar: Don’t eat that!
Will Pleasants: Take chances and be curious.
Brian Schulz: No job is too small. Sometimes you think you’re supposed to have a bigger job, but if you just do what you’re given really, really well, rewards will come.
Donte Scott: You can’t always wait on all of the empirical evidence. Trust your instincts, and take calculated risks more often.
Emmanuel Seuge: Be patient and believe in yourself.
John Shea: Follow your passion, work hard, maintain balance in your life, and enjoy the people you meet along the way.
Jared Smith: I don’t know that I’d have given myself all that much different advice than what I followed. I’ve been fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time and mobile enough to take the next opportunity when it was presented to me. So I would look back and just tell myself to stay out of my own way, which is what I was able to do.
Henry Stafford: Listen more, talk less. Also, hire people who are smarter than you.
Josh Swartz: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Lowell Taub: In addition to my clients, the brands/buyers are also my partners in the deal-making process.
Igor Ulis: Opportunities will always come up, but it’s important to be able to say “No” to those that will take your focus away from your goal.
Araceli Villegas: Just go for it.
Pete Vlastelica: Don’t rule anything out.
Chris Wujcik: Buy stock in Apple and Starbucks.
Forty Under 40 members answer the question, What advice would you give to students who are hoping to work in the sports industry?
March 10, 2014 03:14 PM
As speculation continues to build surrounding the Knicks possibly hiring Basketball HOFer Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations, national media has chimed in with their views on the matter.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said, “It’s Phil Jackson’s job to lose. If he wants it, he’ll have it. If he doesn’t, then he’ll move on with his life and the New York Knicks will remain the cesspool that they are until they get somebody reputable to represent their franchise” (“SportsCenter, ESPN, 3/8).
The N.Y. Times’ William Rhoden said, “It doesn’t matter what you do, your legacy is going to be destroyed. That is what we do in New York. We love to do this” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 3/9).
ESPN’s Bill Simmons: “This seems like a money grab. … Just remember, he’s the same guy who released the same book twice. He had a book a couple of years ago and then he wrote another one that was basically the same book over again. Phil Jackson likes money. If (Knicks Owner) James Dolan is going to cut him a big check, he’s going to take it” (“NBA Countdown,” ABC, 3/9).
QUEEN’S FEAST: Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes said of the CIAA tournament staying in the city another six years, "It keeps us viable as a city that can host large events. We were good with the DNC. We've been really good with the CIAA” ("Flashpoint," WCNC-NBC, 3/9).
NOT SHORT-SELLING: Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said of sleeved jerseys, “They're selling and for obvious reasons. They're selling because you can actually wear them around and wear them to school. I think it's a great product but there are better ways to market them than the regular season" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 3/10).BY THE TAIL: NBC’s Johnny Miller, on Tiger Woods: “He’s given us a lot of insight to his life that he never would do when he was younger. He wouldn’t give you a thing” (“WGC-Cadillac Championship,” NBC, 3/9).
March 7, 2014 03:50 PM
Andy Bessette, chief administrative office for Travelers and the lead negotiator on the company’s new 10-year title sponsorship deal with the PGA Tour, told me he was blown away this week by how much appreciation players have showed for the company’s commitment to the June tournament in Hartford.
Bessette, Travelers Championship tournament director Nathan Grube, and Malcolm Turner from Wasserman Media Group visited Doral on Wednesday to recruit players and check out the new Blue course. Wasserman works with Travelers on its golf strategy.Henrik Stenson, the reigning FedEx Cup champion, was especially gracious, Bessette said.
“Nothing feels better as a sponsor than to have someone show their appreciation,” Bessette said. “Most of the guys on the PGA Tour really get it and that’s one of the reasons we are so committed. A few don’t, but most of them do.”
It’s a common practice for tournament directors like Grube to visit the driving range at other PGA Tour events to recruit players. It’s not all that common to see a high-ranking executive from the title sponsor walking the range as well.
Bessette has a whole slew of responsibilities at Travelers, from internal investigations and corporate real estate to aviation and sports sponsorships. He estimates that the Travelers Championship now occupies about 15 percent of his job.
“Our motto is that every year has to be better than the last,” he said.
March 7, 2014 09:15 AM
A look at the past week in the NHL and a glimpse at what’s ahead:
BY THE NUMBERS
• 20: Trades made in the final six hours before the NHL’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline on Wednesday. In those trades, 38 players changed teams.
• 483,000: Viewers in Canada watching TSN’s trade deadline coverage at 3 p.m., according to the network. (TSN’s “TradeCentre” show was also seen in the U.S. on the NHL Network).
• 19,000: Retweets Roberto Luongo received after he posted an illustration of a palm tree on his Twitter feed (@strombone1) upon hearing the news of his trade from Vancouver to Florida on Tuesday.
• 160,000: Twitter followers added by St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie since scoring four times in the shootout in Team USA’s preliminary-round victory over Russia in Sochi three weeks ago. Before the Olympics, Oshie had 92,000 followers. Now, he has 254,000.
• 2: Members of the Philadelphia Flyers, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, who will play for the World All-Stars opposition team when the Harlem Globetrotters come to Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.
• 3 months: The duration of Pat LaFontaine’s tenure as president of business operations for the Buffalo Sabres, now concluded. LaFontaine resigned last Saturday and has returned to his community relations and hockey development position with the NHL.
• $731,707: The amount that IOC and IIHF insurance will pay as New York Islanders center John Tavares is sidelined for the rest of the season. Tavares suffered a torn meniscus in a game against Latvia in Sochi and is missing the Islanders’ final 22 games of the season. As part of the agreement reached for NHL players’ participation in this year’s Olympics, the IOC and IIHF were responsible for salaries after a player injured in Sochi missed 10 NHL games. Tavares is making $5 million this season.
• $38: The cost of a lower-bowl ticket to upcoming Islanders home games, discounted from a face value of $87, as offered to New York customers by Amazon Local. With Tavares out for the year and the Islanders out of the playoff race, there is plenty of ticket availability for the home stretch.
• 85: The number of hires the first-year ownership of the New Jersey Devils have made in the last six months, the most recent being the naming last week of former MSG executive Adam Davis as executive vice president of corporate partnerships.
• 27th: The current ranking of the Devils in attendance among the NHL’s 30 teams. New Jersey is averaging 14,604 fans per game.
• 1-4-1: The record of the designated “home” teams in the six NHL outdoor games this year. While Detroit got a standings point for losing in a shootout to Toronto in the Winter Classic, the “visiting” Ducks and the “visiting” Rangers (twice) won their Stadium Series games. (Yes, the Islanders and Devils — not the Rangers — were designated as the home teams for the games at Yankee Stadium). Last weekend, the Blackhawks beat the Penguins at Soldier Field, but the Canucks lost to the Senators at GM Place.
• 7,600: The approximate number of pretzels that were sold last Saturday at the Blackhawks-Penguins game, according to Aramark’s Chicago365 Hospitality, the food and beverage provider at Soldier Field.
• Wednesday: NBCSN’s “Rivalry Night” matchup features a rare appearance by a Canadian team, as the Bruins play in Montreal. The game will be the home debut of the Habs’ big trade deadline acquisition, Thomas Vanek.
March 6, 2014 03:10 PM
SNY's Sal Licata said of the Islanders, “The NHL has to step in, get rid of (GM) Garth Snow, get (Owner Charles Wang) out of there. …They have ruined what was once a great franchise" ("Daily News Live," SNY, 3/5).
YOU MEAN ME? NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “It takes me back a little bit when I hear people say, ‘Commissioner.’ I look over my shoulder thinking David Stern must be standing behind me” (USATODAY.com, 3/6).
NEW LOOK: Golf Channel’s Holly Sonders, on the renovated course at Trump National Doral for the WGC-Cadillac Championship: “There’s gold, there’s marble, and it has definitely been Donald Trump-ized” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 3/6).
March 4, 2014 03:44 PM
NBC's Bob Costas addressed the negative reaction from some corners about his critical coverage of Russia President Vladimir Putin during NBC's Olympic coverage. Costas said, “This is a controversy only for those looking for the most flimsy pretext for a controversy and a kind of cut and paste thing that isn't even journalism." Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said of Costas’ criticism of Putin, “You're not some raving lunatic leftist. You're basically a baseball guy. When you were a kid you were collecting baseball cards, you weren't studying Herbert Hoover like I was." Costas, who reached into his suit jacket to reveal a baseball card said, "Just because I have Mickey Mantle's 1958 baseball card … doesn't mean that I don't know (Hoover)." O'Reilly somewhat jokingly said, "You're not smart enough to be ideologue, you’re a baseball kid." Costas: "Line up some ideologues and tell me how smart some of these clowns are" ("The O'Reilly Factor," Fox News, 3/3).IN BAD TASTE: ESPN's Keith Olbermann, on the new uniforms for the Buccaneers and the U.S. soccer teams: "Both uniforms stink. Not because they're at the extremes of a spectrum in which the next step past the Buc uniform is giving the team Flavor Flav's giant watch chain to wear around their necks or the next step past the U.S. team's kit is, 'What else do you have for 12-and-under at the boys shop here at Sears?' It's that in each case there is an attempt to manufacture instant tradition" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 3/3).
BETTER INGREDIENTS? FS1's Jay Onrait said of Broncos QB Peyton Manning being cleared to play next season, "That means his $20 million salary is fully guaranteed next season and that means more Papa John's franchises to add to his empire. Can I suggest a location or two in Sochi where again, we can't stress enough, the food options were lacking?" ("Fox Sports Live," FS1, 3/4).
February 25, 2014 10:21 AM
Among all athletes at the Games, U.S. snowboarder Shaun White had the most Facebook mentions, followed by U.S. men’s hockey team star T.J. Oshie and South Korean female figure skater Yuna Kim. The most-mentioned Olympic sports were ice hockey, figure skating and bobsledding. Men ages 18-34 was the top demo “buzzing” about the Olympics, followed by women 18-34 and women 35-49.
February 24, 2014 04:11 PM
NBC's coverage of Sunday night's closing ceremony drew an 8.7 rating and 15.1 million viewers.
NBC drew an 8.7 rating for last night’s two-hour telecast (8:33-10:36 p.m. ET), which had competition from Fox’s rain-delayed Daytona 500 telecast and AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” while the three-hour closing ceremony in 2006 drew an 8.9 rating. Viewership for last night’s telecast was at 15.1 million viewers, up from 14.8 million viewers in 2006.
Meanwhile, NBC drew a 7.8 rating and 12.7 million viewers for the “Nancy & Tonya” documentary from 7-8:33 p.m.
February 24, 2014 03:31 PM
Shaun White was tops among Winter Olympians on Twitter in terms of new followers gained during the Sochi Games.
Most athletes found in the top 20 medaled in Sochi, with the exception of popular names from action sports like White and Bobby Brown. Another exception is luge star Kate Hansen, who was the recipient of publicity based on the viral wolf hoax instigated by Jimmy Kimmel.
Olympians who starred early in the Games like Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson seemed to get a bigger bump in followers, while late winners like Mikaela Shiffrin got significantly less traction on Twitter.
On the international side, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris remains a breakout star, gaining more than 130,000 new followers to top even White. Other notable foreign names include Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, British snowboarder Jenny Jones and Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer, all of whom gained more than 50,000 new followers.
Twitter followers were measured on Feb. 5 and again on Feb. 24. Professional hockey players were not included in this data.
U.S. Olympians in Sochi
Feb. 5 Feb. 13 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 TOTAL ADDITIONS MEDAL Figure Skating Gracie Gold @GraceEGold 25,286 57,185 82,461 102,030 76,744 BRONZE (TEAM) Meryl Davis @Meryl_Davis 20,873 34,497 73,742 81,706 60,833 GOLD, BRONZE (TEAM) Ashley Wagner @AshWagner2010 29,714 56,141 71,540 83,075 53,361 BRONZE (TEAM) Charlie White @CharlieaWhite 18,435 30,196 58,532 65,686 47,251 GOLD, BRONZE (TEAM) Jason Brown @jasonbskates 10,013 16,157 38,563 45,311 35,298 BRONZE (TEAM) Jeremy Abbott @jeremyabbottpcf 26,240 29,784 40,128 42,916 16,676 BRONZE (TEAM) Maia Shibutani @MaiaShibutani 12,681 15,869 20,061 21,661 8,980 Alex Shibutani @AlexShibutani 13,651 16,513 20,954 22,541 8,890 Skiing Gus Kenworthy @guskenworthy 13,606 25,816 106,520 119,645 106,039 SILVER Nick Goepper @NickGoepper 11,164 21,624 64,859 68,556 57,392 BRONZE Bode Miller @MillerBode 37,407 47,834 84,211 87,243 49,836 BRONZE Joss Christensen @josschristensen 8,724 9,723 28,799 31,888 23,164 GOLD Julia Mancuso @JuliaMancuso 54,016 66,557 73,201 74,912 20,896 BRONZE Bobby Brown @Bobby_Brown1 33,189 38,327 47,125 48,423 15,234 Ted Ligety @tedligety 42,807 46,607 54,031 57,274 14,467 GOLD Mikaela Shiffrin @MikaelaShiffrin 21,587 24,126 27,759 35,430 13,843 GOLD Sarah Hendrickson @schendrickson 5,078 11,996 14,223 14,567 9,489 Torin Yater-Wallace @TorinWallace 13,654 15,949 20,502 21,319 7,665 Hannah Kearney @HK_Ski 3,333 7,389 9,446 9,911 6,578 BRONZE David Wise @mrDavidWise 4,723 5,920 8,895 9,855 5,132 GOLD Devin Logan @dlogan 1,979 3,344 4,409 4,625 2,646 SILVER Kikkan Randall @kikkanimal 11,165 12,329 12,921 13,047 1,882 Andrew Weibrecht @a_weibrecht 3,081 3,479 4,682 4,833 1,752 SILVER Maddie Bowman @maddiebowman 3,995 4,103 4,187 4,235 240 GOLD Speedskating JR Celski @jrcelski 20,828 26,936 29,769 31,944 11,116 SILVER (TEAM) Shani Davis @ShaniDavis 14,681 20,894 22,829 23,443 8,762 Jordan Malone @J2K111 4,033 4,402 5,106 5,503 1,470 SILVER (TEAM) Eddy Alvarez @eddyalvarez90 4,064 4,448 4,832 5,024 960 SILVER (TEAM) Lauren Cholewinski @LMCHOLEWINSKI 17,896 18,167 18,371 18,653 757 Chris Creveling @TophCrev 1,334 1,424 1,494 1,534 200 SILVER (TEAM) Snowboarding Shaun White @shaun_white 1,258,623 1,348,363 1,369,667 1,375,828 117,205 Sage Kotsenburg @sagekotsenburg 7,425 61,846 69,549 72,625 65,200 GOLD Jamie Anderson @Jme_Anderson 11,490 43,036 47,634 49,224 37,734 GOLD Kaitlyn Farrington @KaitlynFarr 2,370 10,831 16,914 18,030 15,660 GOLD Hannah Teter @hannahteter 26,980 34,289 37,244 38,110 11,130 Kelly Clark @Kellyclarkfdn 14,469 19,310 22,160 22,891 8,422 BRONZE Danny Davis @theDDeadshow 18,064 23,738 25,663 26,250 8,186 Greg Bretz @gregbretzz 10,100 12,382 12,928 13,008 2,908 Scotty Lago @scottylago 42,002 44,100 44,604 44,754 2,752 Alex Deibold @adeibold 977 2,246 3,188 3,490 2,513 BRONZE Bobsled Lolo Jones @lolojones 378,543 385,149 391,165 392,624 14,081 Johnny Quinn @JohnnyQuinnUSA 14,073 25,673 26,491 26,970 12,897 Steven Langton @StevenLangton 2,583 6,079 8,856 11,595 9,012 2 BRONZE (TEAM) Steven Holcomb @StevenHolcomb 13,112 13,880 16,321 17,457 4,345 2 BRONZE (TEAM) Dallas Robinson @DRobUSA 9,445 11,874 12,894 12,934 3,489 Jamie Greubel @JamieGreubel 1,445 2,848 4,102 4,431 2,986 BRONZE (TEAM) Elana Myers @eamslider24 5,067 6,193 7,562 7,856 2,789 SILVER (TEAM) Aja Evans @AjaLEvans 2,197 2,755 4,350 4,845 2,648 BRONZE (TEAM) Curt Tomasevicz @ctomasevicz 3,657 3,810 4,727 5,435 1,778 BRONZE (TEAM) Lauryn Williams @LaurynCwilliams 8,283 8,643 8,795 9,246 963 SILVER (TEAM) Chris Fogt @christopherfogt 2,432 2,657 2,857 2,932 500 BRONZE (TEAM) Women's Hockey Hillary Knight @Hilary_Knight 14,785 23,657 28,799 33,427 18,642 SILVER (TEAM) Julie Chu @juliechu13 5,807 8,790 11,862 15,743 9,936 SILVER (TEAM) Skeleton/Luge Kate Hansen @k8ertotz 6,844 12,801 20,837 23,222 16,378 Noelle Pikus Pace @noellepikuspace 2,059 3,033 15,395 16,335 14,276 SILVER Erin Hamlin @erinhamlin 3,864 9,275 10,613 11,221 7,357 BRONZE Katie Uhlaender @KatieU11 4,567 6,709 10,949 11,531 6,964 Matt Antoine @MattAntoine 1,464 1,516 3,257 3,408 1,944 BRONZE
POPULAR INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIANS
ATHLETE Twitter Handle Feb. 5 - Twitter Followers Feb. 24 - Twitter Followers ADDITIONS SPORT COUNTRY Mark McMorris @markmcmorris 50,220 180,879 130,659 Snowboarding Canada Evgeni Plushenko @EvgeniPlushenko 130,702 188,871 58,169 Figure Skating Russia Jenny Jones @jennyjonessnow 18,172 73,395 55,223 Snowboarding Great Britain Sven Kramer @SvenKramer86 105,768 158,476 52,708 Speedskating Netherlands Yuna Kim @Yunaaaa 712,549 753,441 40,892 Figure Skating South Korea Lizzy Yarnold @TheYarnold 17,222 52,121 34,899 Skeleton Great Britain Martin Fourcade @martinfkde 19,418 44,360 24,942 Cross-Country Skiing France Patrick Chan @Pchiddy 29,997 54,723 24,726 Figure Skating Canada Torah Bright @TorahBright 122,970 145,894 22,924 Snowboarding Australia Silje Norendal @SiljeNorendal 14,066 33,565 19,499 Snowboarding Norway Ireen Wüst @Ireenw 67,830 86,148 18,318 Speedskating Netherlands Aksel Lund Svindal @akselsvindal 83,336 93,302 9,966 Alpine Skiing Norway Tina Maze @TinaMaze 31,240 41,138 9,898 Alpine Skiing Slovenia Lara Gut @Laragut 42,161 51,190 9,029 Alpine Skiing Switzerland Maria Hoefl-Riesch @Maria 46,242 55,063 8,821 Alpine Skiing Germany Anna Fenninger @annafenninger 19,995 27,749 7,754 Alpine Skiing Austria Petter Northug @PetterNorthug1 36,762 41,455 4,693 Cross-Country Skiing Norway Marcel Hirscher @MarcelHirscher 26,288 30,367 4,079 Alpine Skiing Austria
Top 20 U.S. Olympians in Sochi
RANK U.S. Athlete Twitter Handle Twitter Followers Twitter Followers TOTAL ADDITIONS MEDAL(S) 1 Shaun White @shaun_white 1,258,623 1,375,828 117,205 2 Gus Kenworthy @guskenworthy 13,606 119,645 106,039 SILVER 3 Gracie Gold @GraceEGold 25,286 102,030 76,744 BRONZE (TEAM) 4 Sage Kotsenburg @sagekotsenburg 7,425 72,625 65,200 GOLD 5 Meryl Davis @Meryl_Davis 20,873 81,706 60,833 GOLD, BRONZE (TEAM) 6 Nick Goepper @NickGoepper 11,164 68,556 57,392 BRONZE 7 Ashley Wagner @AshWagner2010 29,714 83,075 53,361 BRONZE (TEAM) 8 Bode Miller @MillerBode 37,407 87,243 49,836 BRONZE 9 Charlie White @CharlieaWhite 18,435 65,686 47,251 GOLD, BRONZE (TEAM) 10 Jamie Anderson @Jme_Anderson 11,490 49,224 37,734 GOLD 11 Jason Brown @jasonbskates 10,013 45,311 35,298 BRONZE (TEAM) 12 Joss Christensen @josschristensen 8,724 31,888 23,164 GOLD 13 Julia Mancuso @JuliaMancuso 54,016 74,912 20,896 BRONZE 14 Hillary Knight @Hilary_Knight 14,785 33,427 18,642 SILVER (TEAM) 15 Jeremy Abbott @jeremyabbottpcf 26,240 42,916 16,676 BRONZE (TEAM) 16 Kate Hansen @k8ertotz 6,844 23,222 16,378 17 Kaitlyn Farrington @KaitlynFarr 2,370 18,030 15,660 GOLD 18 Bobby Brown @Bobby_Brown1 33,189 48,423 15,234 19 Ted Ligety @tedligety 42,807 57,274 14,467 GOLD 20 Noelle Pikus Pace @noellepikuspace 2,059 16,335 14,276 SILVER
February 24, 2014 09:51 AM
NBC on Saturday saw a second-consecutive night of record-low Olympic prime-time ratings. The network drew a 7.8 final rating and 13.3 million viewers for Sochi coverage from 8:30-11 p.m. ET, marking the least-viewed night of Olympic coverage in at least the last 20 years.
Coverage on Saturday night featured the figure skating gala, which airs toward the end of each Winter Games and features the top six finishers from both the men’s and ladies’ individual events, as well as the top five couples from the pairs and ice dancing events. Also airing on Saturday night was the four-man bobsled, as well as gold-medal finals for men’s alpine skiing (slalom), men’s snowboarding (parallel slalom) and men’s/women’s speedskating (team pursuit).
The comparable Saturday night at the 2010 Vancouver Games drew an 11.7 rating and 20.6 million viewers, while the 2006 Turin Games drew a 9.7 rating and 16.5 million viewers (to see ratings chart comparing the past four Winter Games, click here).
Meanwhile, NBC Sports Network drew a 1.6 rating and 2.5 million viewers for the U.S. men’s hockey team’s 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze-medal game on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.