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Why the NHL Needs the Sunbelt


Good stuff here from Slate blogger Matt Yglesias: The issue is the bifurcated cable television markets in North America. Right now, hockey has a national broadcast deal in Canada and it has another one in the United States. Losing the national deal in the USA would be very costly to the entire enterprise. But to maintain that national deal, the NHL has to present itself as offering a true nationwide sports league which means you need teams in the sunbelt. Atlanta's departure didn't leave too much of a hole in the map since there are teams in North Carolina and Tennessee. Probably any one of the remaining non-Dallas sunbelt teams is expendable, but if you lost more than one to colder climes you might start imperiling the League's claim to be a real major sports across the length and breadth of the United States. Offered in response to The Economist. Update: In case you missed it, more of my thoughts on the future of national television broadcasts for the NHL from March 30.

Alabama/Florida Tops Wisconsin/Nebraska in TV Ratings


CBS College Football 8-11p (Ala v. Fla.) 2.7 ABC College Football 8-11p (Neb v. Wisc) 1.8

Kentucky Derby 136: Best overnight ratings in 18 years


The Thoroughbred Times reports that Derby business continues to be good: ratings were up, as well as attendance and all-sources handle.

2010 Fiesta Bowl Overnight Ratings


Fiesta Bowl ratings by the hour. 8:00pm a 12.79 9:00pm a 13.33 10:00pm a 12.22 Fox won the night with an overall rating of 12.85. Not too bad.

Tigers' TV Ratings Up 10% in 2009


Attendance may have been down at Comerica Park this season, but that didn't mean people weren't watching the Tigers on TV. Ratings for Tigers telecasts on FOX Sports Detroit were up by more than 10% this season. In terms of ratings points, FSD had the fourth highest increase among major league teams. The number of households tuning in for Tigers games also went up by almost 10%. (via Bucs Dugout)

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