Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Matchups make U.S. TV happy

"If there is a national hockey team, it would be the Red Wings," NBC spokesman Brian Walker said. "They are the NHL version of the Dallas Cowboys. While we don't root, we are very pleased with all four markets left in the playoffs."

Philadelphia is the fourth-largest TV market in the United States, Dallas-Fort Worth is fifth, Detroit is 11th and Pittsburgh is No. 22. These will be the first conference finals without a Canadian team since 2001.
I think, overall, the U.S. fanbases have been very, very good in these playoffs. Part of that is certainly the teams that are in play, but it also feels like part of a cycle for hockey that finally seems to be on the upswing.

I talked a bit earlier about which markets are driving internet traffic, and some of what we'd call non-traditional markets, like Dallas, have surpassed the traditional ones.

If Chicago and Boston can get their fanbases back for next season, things are looking up for the NHL.
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6 Comments:

At 2:14 PM, May 06, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Things may be rosy here in the states but from reading the press/Canadian blogers, the folks up your way aren't too keen on the The NHL's Final 4

 
At 2:32 PM, May 06, 2008, Blogger Daniel said...

...the folks up your way aren't too keen on the The NHL's Final 4

Montreal was the #1 seed, so they can't complain that they weren't even given a shot. They blew it.

 
At 2:35 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous John Richardson said...

There are a lot of Canadians who bail on the playoffs before they even start if their team (hello, Toronto) didn't make it.

I think a lot of Canucks are still hanging in because Detroit has a huge following in South Western Ontario and because of the Pens.

From my chair in beautiful downtown Mimico, I'm holding out for a Pens/Wings Final.

A Stars/Flyers Final would hold NO interest for me

 
At 3:11 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Karina said...

Indeed, I think that even though the big players for the Stars and Flyers are Canadian (Turco, Morrow, Biron, Briere, Richards) they don't hold mass appeal the way Crosby does in Canada. Aside from Biron, they all kinda rub me the wrong way (although I do respect Morrow, I just don't like him for some reason).

 
At 3:27 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

There are a lot of Canadians who bail on the playoffs before they even start if their team (hello, any fan of a Canadian team that doesn't buy into the ridiculous "Canada's Team" BS that the media tries to feed us) didn't make it.

Fixed.

 
At 6:56 PM, May 06, 2008, Blogger auxlepli said...

Brian Walker has it wrong. It should be the Dallas Cowboys are the Detroit Red Wings of American football.

 

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