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    Memo From A Bitter Rangers Fan: The NHL Just Missed A Ratings Bonanza

    Here’s how the formula, which is based on regression analysis, estimates that NBC will do in the U.S. with the Blackhawks-Lightning matchup (the margin of error on the game-by-game estimates is about plus or minus 1.0 ratings points).

    But what if the New York Rangers had beaten the Lightning instead of not showing up for Game 7, like the Carl Hagelin jersey that was mailed to my apartment two days too late? (I’m not bitter.3) That would be the best possible matchup for NBC. Among U.S.-based teams, the Blackhawks have the best local hockey market in the Western Conference, while the Rangers have the best one in the Eastern Conference (despite sharing it with two other teams). Ratings would likely have been well into the 3s for the series, with a potentially massive number — the model estimates it at 5.8 — in the event of a Game 7.
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/m...tings-bonanza/

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    This is nothing new, but it does show the actual mathematics behind the theory and projections put forth by Silver that I completely agree with, personally speaking.

    Hawks/Rangers not just could have, but almost certainly would have been an absolute blockbuster.
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    See, the NHL definitely hates the Rangers!

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    I'm sure Bettman is loving the Tampa Bay area in the Cup Final. -___-

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    @TGfireandice: Per NHL, Game 1 drew a 4.23 overnight rating on NBC, the second-best Game 1 on NBC behind the 2013 SCF (CHI vs. BOS) https://t.co/mYsUyb0dDd

    Wow. Well above the projected 2.6 rating Silver posed.

    Fantastic for the league.
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    I had a feeling that they'd do decently because it's an exciting brand of hockey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rome 2.0 View Post
    @TGfireandice: Per NHL, Game 1 drew a 4.23 overnight rating on NBC, the second-best Game 1 on NBC behind the 2013 SCF (CHI vs. BOS) https://t.co/mYsUyb0dDd

    Wow. Well above the projected 2.6 rating Silver posed.

    Fantastic for the league.
    Rangers/Hawks would have cracked 6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    I had a feeling that they'd do decently because it's an exciting brand of hockey.
    This is probably true, but I'd put a lot of this on the Hawks being there more than the Lightning. This whole "no Blackhawks gear/fans allowed" thing in Tampa is kind of proof in the pudding they don't have the national eyes/fanbase the Hawks do.

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    Rangers/Hawks would have cracked 6
    For sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    I had a feeling that they'd do decently because it's an exciting brand of hockey.
    The ho-hum hockey fan doesn't know that, though. I'm on board with fans from other hockey markets understanding it, and wanting to watch it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rome 2.0 View Post
    This is probably true, but I'd put a lot of this on the Hawks being there more than the Lightning. This whole "no Blackhawks gear/fans allowed" thing in Tampa is kind of proof in the pudding they don't have the national eyes/fanbase the Hawks do.
    I actually noticed A LOT of red in the crowd last night. Even in down low areas. Good for them, fuck Tampa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaveByRichter35 View Post
    I actually noticed A LOT of red in the crowd last night. Even in down low areas. Good for them, fuck Tampa.
    Those down low seats are reserved for opposing players. That's why you see them near their bench.
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    I would have worn a "Fuck You , Tampa" shirt....hey, it's not a Chicago colors...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    The ho-hum hockey fan doesn't know that, though. I'm on board with fans from other hockey markets understanding it, and wanting to watch it.
    Well, you just said it yourself haha. It doesn't matter who, just how many. As the series progresses, more ho-hum fans will be drawn in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    Those down low seats are reserved for opposing players. That's why you see them near their bench.
    I understand that. They were all over though, not just behind the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaveByRichter35 View Post
    I understand that. They were all over though, not just behind the bench.
    I didn't see any upper tier crowd shots. Did they show fans upstairs? Obviously some people are going to get in, but I didn't notice it in big amounts other than by the bench.
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    I noticed them all a lot of areas in the lower bowl not just behind the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaveByRichter35 View Post
    I noticed them all a lot of areas in the lower bowl not just behind the bench.
    Good. Fuck them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    Good. Fuck them.
    Agreed. Well, fuck who? Tampa or the Hawks fans? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaveByRichter35 View Post
    Agreed. Well, fuck who? Tampa or the Hawks fans? lol
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    Ok then agreed lol.

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