- A summary of the Game 1 Local TV Ratings (Puck The Media). NYC ratings surprisingly low.
- The Blue Jackets are still operating at a loss (Business First of Columbus):
"Q: Will making the playoffs make the team profitable this season?- The NHL's credit is going up to just under $200 million in an effort to help the Coyotes (Globe and Mail). It is anticipated the club will lose around $35 million this season. The credit crisis is likely to get worse, and the league is taking more of it? Ugh...
A: We’ll clearly operate at a loss. I’m not in a position to get into the details, but there are a number of factors that go into it. A franchise such as ours, we have to be above average in ticket sales and above average in our corporate support compared to larger markets because we don’t benefit from the media (revenue)."
- The Subway Ad's on the Madison Square Garden glass will be back for Game 3 and 4 starting tonight (Sports Business Journal). They may be back for all of next season too.
Some Ranger fans are really upset about this. I can deal with it, because I watch for the hockey. But many make a good point that it might be a slippery slope to over-advertisement.
- Finally, an amazing Versus NHL Playoff promo:
A little NYR inspiration. Also, that is a hook Scotty.