The one where Sean Avery is on late night television;

Because I am on the west coast I had to wait for the Sean Avery on Jimmy Fallon action. I never thought I would use the words “waiting” and “Jimmy Fallon” that close together in a sentence. Here is Aves;

First, Jimmy Fallon needs to stop giving me reasons to watch him. I mean I watched John Krasinski play the Project Natal and I had a nerd freak out. Then Jimmy played beer pong with Betty White. I mean, he needs to stop it because it’s conflicting with Craig Ferguson and his epic opening monologues. Plus Ferguson has that uber charming Scottish brogue, goofy grin and singing puppets. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Avery came out sporting long hair, for him. And a leather Members Only jacket, shirt with a few buttons undone and I THINK he was rocking some JNCO jeans. I know the whole 90s revival is back but that is no excuse for those pants. I was disappointed. He know how to buy the right kind of pants. Ahem. Oh and his shoes had a slight heel. Fallon still looked like a giant next to him. The thing about Aves is yes he is interesting, but he is dull talking. I was distracted by the fact his forehead doesn’t move and he doesn’t seem to show his teeth when he talks. Things like that bug me. Who does he think he is, Victoria Beckham? SEAN IS YOUR FOREHEAD BOTOXED?

Sean talked about going to Bonaroo and hanging with a bunch of hippies. And I’d pay big money to see how he roughs it for a weekend outdoor music festival. He said he was in a tent for some of it and in a bus. Regardless, I want to know how many facial creams he packed. HOW MUCH CREME DE LA MER SEAN?

He talked about his charity which I wanted to high five him for. Since one it involves fashion and two it’s more than just him writing a check. It requires active participation and the charity helps people in transition from prision to rejoining society and making sure they have the proper attire. Nice job, kitten.

Oh and we were all reassured that the new re-programming is still in effect and working wonderfully etc and lessons were learned. Blah blah blah. Boring.

I am now watching the DVR replay of Ferguson and he is imitating a gay, German penguin. He’s wonderful.

Then there was a dorky segment where Jimmy and Sean had to try and hit targets and Jimmy didn’t even know what stick was right handed. But Jimmy lost and Sean won so Jimmy is donating a suit to charity.

But Sean Avery even when subdued is more entertaining and interesting than most all other athletes. But I want to see a different Sean. I want to see the one I’ve read about on Gawker and Page Six. So what we need to do is get him good and liquored up. What do you think he drinks? Patron? He drinks whatever the cocktail waitress in the low cut dress brings him. Then ask him some other questions; like Cutherbert and Phaneuf, really?! What’s Anna Wintour really like? Did you have any Devil Wears Prada moments? Are you the semi gay best friend and do you exploit this position? Are you going to take Karl Lagerfeld’s place when he dies and carry a fan and wear leather pants at all times?

Ok and real talk time girlies; it’s time to fess up. Come forward and admit Sean is one of your secret hockey boyfriends. It’s ok, there is no judging going on here.

Pretty Gosh Darn Cool, Right? Pens/Wings Most Watched Hockey Game in 36 Years

NEW YORK – June 15, 2009 – Friday night’s deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports was the most-watched NHL game in 36 years with an average of 8 million viewers (5/10/73, Stanley Cup Final Game 6 on NBC, Montreal-Chicago, 9.4 million). Overall, the series averaged 5.6 million viewers for the five games on NBC, the best since 2002 on ABC (three telecasts, Detroit-Carolina, 5.8 million). 

Friday’s Game 7 earned a 4.3 rating and an 8 share, the best for a series-ending game in six years (6/9/03, Game 7, Anaheim-New Jersey, 4.6/8). 

NBC Sports’ Game 7 broadcast finished No. 1 for the night in every category including viewership and household ratings. 

Competitive Notes: 
· NBC won Friday night by a margin of 191 percent in Adults 18-49 (3.2 vs. 1.1 for second-place CBS) and by 41 percent in total viewers (7.7 million vs. CBS’s 5.5 million). 

· The broadcast of Game 7 beat the ABC-CBS-Fox competition combined in Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Men 18-34, Women 18-34, Men 18-49 and Men 25-54. 

· The 3.2 rating in Adults 18-49 makes this NBC’s top-rated Friday night since the Beijing Olympics last August.

VERSUS to Air NHL Awards and NHL Draft

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 15, 2009)-VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), will once again air live coverage of the 2009 NHL Awards on Thu., June 18, at 7:30 p.m. ET and the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Fri., June 26, at 7 p.m. ET.  The 2009 NHL Awards will take one last look at the remarkable 2008/09 season by honoring the accomplishments of the players and coaches as voted on by their peers, hockey writers and League managers.  One week later, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, teams begin their quest to capture next year’s Stanley Cup by selecting promising young talent.

The 2009 NHL Awards will honor the exceptional performances of the League’s best and brightest stars and, for the first time ever, will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.  The 2009 NHL Awards will feature the announcement of the League’s top regular-season performers in a host of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy), outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy) and outstanding coach (Jack Adams Award).  

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft will be held at the Bell Centre in Montreal as part of the Canadiens 100th anniversary celebration and will feature the top 210 skaters and 30 goaltenders from North America, as well as the top 160 skaters and 18 goaltenders from Europe.  The players are ranked by the Central Scouting Service, which attends 3,000 games to provide the NHL with evaluations of draft eligible players and a rank order.  The New York Islanders will make their selection first, followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche, Atlanta Thrashers and Los Angeles Kings. 

VERSUS celebrates real competition across all platforms (, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD).  Now in more than 75 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the IndyCar® Series as well as best-in-class events such as The Tour de France, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Boxing.  The network also offers collegiate sports featuring nationally-ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12, Mountain West and Ivy League. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events and original programs, such as Sports Soup and The Contender, that audiences can’t find elsewhere.  VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

NHL Likely to Sell All TV, Digital Rights in 2011

From the fantastic John Ourand and Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal (reg. required):

The NHL is within a couple of weeks of announcing its broadcast TV deal with NBC for the next two seasons. The NBC renewal means that all of the league’s domestic and international TV deals will expire after the 2010-11 deal, including its cable TV deal with Versus and international TV deal with ESPN America.

During the league’s negotiations with NBC, there was some question about whether the NHL should sign another revenue-sharing deal with NBC. Given the ratings increases this season on Versus, some hockey executives wondered if the league should sell NBC’s package to Versus, which holds cable exclusivity.

But the NHL ultimately opted to extend the revenue-sharing agreement because of the breadth of NBC’s broadcast platform. Even with Versus ratings growth this season, NBC’s hockey coverage still was much more popular. For example, 79 percent of the 35 million unduplicated viewers who watched a Stanley Cup Finals game in 2008 only watched NBC.

“This is the power of the NBC relationship right now in our development,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “They provide us a big broadcast platform and the ability to create big events like the Winter Classic and Stanley Cup Final.”

By syncing the U.S. TV deals, the NHL will be able to go into the market with one big package and avoid some of the challenges of trying to sell the NBC package on its own this year, such as negotiating around Versus’ cable exclusivity.

This is a good idea for the league.  Having everything to sell in one year gives you the chance to sell to companies that own both broadcast and cable networks (FOX, NBC, ABC) as well as try to leverage money from separate companies.  It certainly doesn’t bode well for VERSUS, which can only bid for the cable portion of the package.

What’s Going On Here?

Here’s the deal for the next couple of weeks:

Monday, Wednesday – Friday: I’ll do a post per day, today will likely round up the ratings, Wednesday will be a full review of NBC and VERSUS this season, Thursday and Friday will deal with the awards show.

Tuesday: Wrap will be here, discussing Sean Avery’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon.

Next Monday (6/22): Wrap again.

Next Tuesday-Friday (6/23 – 6/26): Post per day, with Friday expecting to be draft heavy (we may even venture a mock draft!)

The Next Monday (6/29): Wrap

The Next Tuesday-Friday (6/30 – 7/3): Me, talking UFA coverage and such.

Monday, 7/6: Wrap

Tuesday – Friday, 7/7 – 7/10: Guest Poster Week!

Monday, 7/13: Wrap

Tuesday – Friday, 7/14 – 7/17: NHL Schedule Release Week!  We’ll be pretty hardcore this whole week.

Monday, 7/20: Wrap

Tuesday – Friday, 7/21 – 7/24: Additional thoughts on the schedule, predictions of the TV schedule.

Monday – Friday, 7/27 – 7/31: Guest Poster Week!

Monday, 8/3 – 8/7: The Best of Puck the Media 2008-09, Part 1

Monday, 8/10: Wrap

Tuesday, 8/11 – 8/14: Likely NHL TV Schedule Release Week!  Thoughts on everything CBC/VERSUS/TSN, etc.

Monday, 8/17 – 8/21: The Best of Puck the Media 2008-09, Part 2

Monday, 8/24 – 8/28: Guest Poster Week!

That’s your Summer here at Puck the Media, subject to change should anything come up.  We hope you’ll join us here for more views, interviews and general fun!

Game 7 Draws a Massive 7.5 Million Viewers


Photo Credit: The Pensblog

Photo Credit: The Pensblog



Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC drew a terrific 7.51 Million Viewers on Friday night, with a 3.0/11 among Adults 18-49.  It made NBC easily the top draw on Friday night, and is likely the highest-rated hockey game in many, many years, and may be the most-watched hockey game of the decade, as the largest competition is 2003’s Game 7 between the Devils and Ducks.

The game peaked in the 10PM hour with a huge 9.04 million viewers watching the Cup being awarded to Sidney Crosby’s Penguins, and a 3.7/12 among Adults 18-49.  The game’s lowest point was the 8-8:30 PM half-hour, where the game drew 5.78 million viewers and a 2.2/9 in the demo.

Regardless, the NHL brass will look at this as one of those watershed moments for hockey, where more people have watched a game than in years.  When the CBC numbers get added in, it is likely the game will cross the 10 million mark, making it the first hockey game since the 2002 Gold Medal Match between the U.S. and Canada to do so.

Congratulations to the Penguins on their Championship.  The NHL will likely be pimping it for decades.

Your TV Guide and Open Thread For Night 45 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

8:15 PM ET, Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, Game 7

National TV (US): NBC (HD)
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

National TV (CANADA): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporters: Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake Com Fail

Tell us what’s wrong here kids…

Your Mid-Day YouTube Compulsory: We Like this Game 7

NBC Promises: We’ll Show All of Game 7

From Neil Best of Newsday, we start our cavelcade of Game 7 news:

Are the NBC entertainment types aware of the fact the hockey game could go deep into overtime and thus delay or even erase Conan O’Brien’s “Tonight Show?”

“They are well aware of it,” NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer said. “Everyone is very cool with it. We go until it’s over.”

Thank goodness we all know now.  We can enjoy the game knowing we won’t need to turn on VERSUS.