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UPDATE: NYC Mayor To Sing On ‘Kimmel’ As Kings Cash In Eric Garcetti Bet, Set Parade

By | Saturday June 14, 2014 @ 8:20am PDT
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Garcetti & De Blasio: 2 Minutes For Betting

The losing city's mayor will have to sing the winning city's theme song on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' as part of a friendly wager over the Kings-Rangers matchup in the Stanley Cup Final. Deadline's David Bloom and Dominic Patten discuss.

Kimmel Singoff GraphicUPDATE 8 AM Saturday: Well, like the old saying goes, it ain’t over until the tall mayor sings. Or something like that. The Los Angeles Kings closed out the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final last night with a(nother) thrilling and exhausting double-overtime win, becoming champs of the hockey world for the second time in three years. That means, under the terms of the bet between the mayors of Los Angeles and New York City, after Kings defenseman Alec Martinez gathered in a rebounding shot and put it back between the pipes to win the series, that Bill de Blasio will be warming up his very different pipes to sing I Love L.A. on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with L.A.’s Eric Garcetti looking on. According to a release from Garcetti’s office, the two mayors will appear “on an upcoming episode.”

In the meantime, a victory parade and rally for the Kings has been scheduled for noon Monday in downtown Los Angeles. It will begin at 5th Street and Figueroa Boulevard and come south on Figueroa to the Staples Center for a tickets-only rally. If you’re heading downtown Monday, Figueroa will be closed between about 10 AM and 1 PM, so plan accordingly.

June 5: The traditional joke bets between city officials whose sports teams are meeting in a championship hit a high note this week when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti challenged New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to a song and a hot dog on Jimmy Kimmel Live! over the outcome of the NHL Stanley Cup Final. If the Los Angeles Kings win, de Blasio will have to go on the show, which tapes in Garcetti’s old Hollywood council district, and sing “I Love L.A.,” the slightly mocking Randy Newman chestnut more typically associated with the Kings’ Staples Center neighbors the NBA Lakers. If the New York Rangers win, Garcetti will have to sing “New York, New York,” the Kander & Ebb-penned classic that Frank Sinatra basically owns.

Related: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Scores Night’s Biggest Number

The loser also will have to provide Kimmel’s audience that night with hot dogs. If Garcetti has to pay up, the dogs will come from Pink’s, the eternally busy La Brea Avenue stand. If it’s de Blasio, they’ll come from Gray’s Papaya, a New York institution that now has a Hollywood outpost. Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: Colbert’s Amazon Boycott; NHL Final Down On NBC; Denzel & Fuqua Reuniting (Video)

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 11:33am PDT


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Morning Report, Thursday June 5

Stephen Colbert tells Colbert Nation to boycott Amazon amid the retailer's spat with his publisher; Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final wins the night for NBC but takes a hit against last year's opener; MGM in early talks for Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua to reteam for 'Magnificent Seven' redo. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: California Elections And The Film & TV Tax Credit, ‘Doctor Strange’ Director, Sports Taking Over TV (Video)

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT
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Morning Report, Wednesday June 4

California's election results and their impact on Hollywood; Marvel's latest project 'Doctor Strange' finds a director; NHL and NBA take over TV beginning tonight. Dominic Patten reports.

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Spelling Bee Buzzes To Top Of Week’s Twitter TV Ratings

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 7:37pm PDT

The Scripps National Spelling Bee spelled a win for ESPN in the weekly Twitter TV ratings from Nielsen for series and specials, with posts about the contest reaching more than 4.2 million unique audience members, tops in the Series & Specials category. HBO’s powerhouse Game Of Thronesa weekly contender for the Top 10, grabbed second with another shocker ending that set Twitter digits a-tapping, while reality competitions dominated most of the rest of the list, beginning with two episodes of The Bacheloretteat Nos. 3 and 7. WWE wrestled its way back into the bottom of the top with a pay-per-view event at No. 9 and its usual Monday Night Raw show on USA grabbing the tenth spot.
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Canada’s Rogers Communications Reaches “Landmark” 12-Year Hockey Rights Deal

The $5.2B agreement (that’s Canadian dollars, or US$4.94B) pretty much gives the cable company all video rights to one of the country’s two national sports (the other is lacrosse). It also freezes out The Sports Network (TSN), Canada’s top-rated English-language sports channel, which had held the NHL‘s television rights. With the addition of digital streaming opportunities, this is “the first time a premium North American-wide sports league has granted all of its national (Canadian) rights to one company on a long-term basis,” Rogers says. It’s a bonanza for hockey players; they’ll collect 50% of the revenues under the collective bargaining agreement they reached at the beginning of this year, following a 113-day lockout that began in September 2012. Rogers also says that the agreement will improve profits “from the outset and significantly.” If approved by the NHL Board of Governors next month, the agreement will give Rogers national rights to TV broadcasts and TV Everywhere streaming (including out of home) for all regular-season and playoff games as well as the Stanley Cup Final and special events. It will have sponsorship rights to the NHL Shield logo, and will handle Canadian ad sales for NHL.com. “Our vision is to build on the NHL’s legacy in Canada with an emphasis on storytelling, innovation, and technology — weaving the NHL, its teams and its stars even deeper into the fabric of Canadian culture,” says Rogers Media President Keith Pelley. The … Read More »

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NBC Sports Group To Air 100-Plus NHL Regular-Season Games In 2013-14

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 3:04pm PDT

NBC and NBC Sports Network are putting on the foil before the puck drops on the next National Hockey League season. The same day the league released its 2013-14 schedule, NBC Sports Group announced that the broadcast net and its cable sibling will air a combined 103 regular-season games during the NHL campaign. NBC Sports has fared well with its NHL coverage, with last month’s six-game Stanley Cup Final drawing the championship series’ most viewers since 1994. Overall, this year’s NHL playoffs averaged 1.47 million viewers across 84 games on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, resulting in the most-watched playoffs since 1997. Read More »

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NHL Sets Kings-Ducks Outdoor Game At Dodger Stadium

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT

The real fun might not be seeing the LA Kings against rival Anaheim Ducks in Chavez Ravine but instead those poor workers and Zamboni drivers trying to keep the ice from melting on a potentially hot LA day. That’s what first came to mind when the NHL today announced the Jan 25, 2014, game as part of its expanded outdoor schedule last year. The Stadium Series as it’s now called was spawned by the successful annual Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day, which has boosted awareness of the sport, and provided NBC a killer TV alternative to college bowl game blowouts. Toronto plays Chicago at Soldier Field on March 1, and other matchups are to be announced including likely Yankee Stadium games featuring the NY Rangers, NY Islanders and NJ Devils. Read More »

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NBC Sports Lacing Up For NHL Postseason

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 8:17am PDT

The coverage of every game in this year’s NHL Stanley Cup playoffs begins tomorrow with three games — including the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis on CNBC — and will feature as many as as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming depending on how long each series last,  the NBC Sports Group said today. It marks the second consecutive year the NBC networks will televise every game, taking fans into June. NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, and NHL Network will pitch in. In addition, more games will be live-streamed than ever before: Besides TV Everywhere, NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream games that air on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and CNBC, including the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. NBC and NBC Sports Network will share duties for the Stanley Cup Final series, with the broadcast network showing Game 1, Game 4, and Games 5-7 (if necessary), and NBC Sports Network televising Games 2-3.

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NHL Coverage Starts Strong On NBC

By | Sunday January 20, 2013 @ 12:37pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and ratings go higher. The much delayed start of the NHL season over protracted negotiations between players and the league scored for NBC. Yesterday’s two-game regional coverage on the network (Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers) posted a 2.0 overnight rating from 3:30-6:15 PM ET. That was the highest overnight rating for regular-season coverage on any network in more than a decade and the highest overnight for regular-season coverage on NBC since its recent coverage of the league began in 2006, up 67% vs. last year’s 2011-12 regular-season average.

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NHL Lockout Over As Owners And Players Reach Agreement

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 7:50am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After 113 days of lockout, the NHL and the league’s players association reached a tentative agreement on the framework of a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement at 4:45 AM this morning following a 16-hour negotiating session. The deal still must be ratified by the players and the NHL’s Board of Governors, but an abbreviated season of 48-50 games is expected to start by January 19. The number of games lost to the NHL lockout is 625, or 50.8% of the regular season that was to begin October 11, including the NHL All-Star Game. The pact brings relief to NBC, which signed a record $2 billion, 10-year TV rights deal with the NHL last year, with hockey a major programming plank in its nascent NBC Sports Network. Over the past several months, networks had to repeatedly adjust their schedules as more and more hockey games were wiped out. Read More »

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NHL Cancels More Games — Half Of Season Gone

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 2:30pm PST

How soon before we hear that the entire 2012-2013 season is a goner? The total number of games now lost to the NHL lockout is 625 — that’s 50.8 percent of the regular season that was to begin October 11. The cancellation of games through January 14 was announced today and is the latest swath of the schedule cut that so far has included scrapping the NHL All-Star Game and the New Year’s Day Winter Classic. The January 14 date is significant: league commissioner Gary Bettman has said he doesn’t want a season that’s less than 48 games. The latest deadline will be closely watched by NBC Sports and the various regional sports networks who have TV rights to the games; NBC signed a record $2 billion, 10-year TV rights deal with the NHL last year, with hockey a major programming plank in its nascent NBC Sports Network. No new talks are currently scheduled between the league and the NHL Players’ Association, who are bickering over revenue-sharing in a new collective bargaining agreement.

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NHL Cancels More Games Amid Lockout

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 1:15pm PST

Now all games through December 30 have been iced since the owners locked out players in mid-September. The latest swath of cancellations, announced today by the NHL, comes as the league last week rejected the latest proposal by players, leaving negotiations on a new collective bargaining at an impasse. A nearly 20-hour session Thursday ended bitterly, with most concessions won taken off the table and no new talks scheduled. A total of 526 regular season games — almost half of the 2012-2013 season, which was supposed to begin October 11 — have been scrapped now, including the All-Star Game and the annual NHL Winter Classic, the popular New Year’s Day game played outdoors, both to be televised on NBC.

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Sports TV Class Action Against Comcast, DirecTV, MLB & NHL Still In Play

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 4:34pm PST

Major League Baseball, the NHL, Comcast and DirecTV failed today in their team effort to get an antitrust class action suit against them dismissed in a New York District Court. “Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that the NHL and MLB have used their monopoly power to restrict the broadcast of television programming in a manner that harms competition,” said the ruling (read it here) from U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin on Wednesday. The ruling means the class action instigated in the spring can go forward. The various plaintiffs claim that the leagues, regional sports networks and the cable and satellite companies have created monopolies over the airing of games on TV and online by dividing up territories and instating blackouts. In a response this summer, the defendants said the plaintiff’s claims were “meritless” and sought to have the case tossed. While the judge rejected the notion that self-proclaimed “middlemen” DirecTV, Comcast and the regional sports networks actively conspired to monopolize individual markets, Sheindlin kept everyone on the hook for their collective actions. “The notion that the exhibition of league games on television and the Internet is clearly a ‘league issue’ is contrary to long-standing precedent that agreements limiting the telecasting of professional sports games are subject to antitrust scrutiny,” Scheindlin wrote in the 53-page ruling.

A conference hearing in New York has been scheduled for December 18.
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NHL Season Inches Toward Total Loss

By | Friday November 23, 2012 @ 3:45pm PST

The National Hockey League cancelled another swath of games today, eliminating all regular season games through December 14 plus the All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio that was scheduled for January 27. The NHL lockout has now wiped out 422 regular season games plus the Winter Classic that was cancelled earlier this month. The lack of progress between the league and the National Hockey League Players Association increasingly threatens cancellation of the entire season. The union submitted a new proposal at the league’s request on Wednesday, but that offer was rebuffed, leaving the players and owners at odds. The union offered to link the players’ share to revenue in the league’s preferred percentage-based system, a substantial concession. But the owners object to the union’s plan to honor existing contracts — $393 million compared to the league’s last offer of $211 million. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the lockout has resulted in the league losing between $18 million and $20 million daily. The lockout has also been painful for NBC Sports Network and NBC, which have rights to NHL games. This is the fourth work stoppage for the NHL since 1992, including cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season.

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NHL Lockout Claims Winter Classic

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 3:55pm PDT

The annual New Year’s Day outdoor game this year was supposed to pit the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at the University of Michigan, where upwards of 100,000 fans were expected for the NBC-televised event. The game gives the league some of its highest visibility — but now not as much as the current NHL labor dispute, which already has claimed all regular season games through November 30 since the owners locked out players September 16. ESPN reports that the NHL had a contract with the university that requires the league to pay for expenses incurred if the event was canceled later than November 2, and $250,000 of the $3 million rental fee for the stadium was due today. It’s estimated that 400,000 were expected in the region for the January 1 event, with an economic benefit of an estimated $75 million.

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NBC Feels First Body Check From NHL Lockout; Is Winter Classic Next To Go?

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 1:13pm PDT

Yesterday was the deadline for the NHL and its players to reach agreement on the latest labor proposal by owners to end the league’s lockout, The deal could have salvaged a full season of games, but with that timeline shot the league today canceled games through November 30 — a swath of matchups that includes a November 23 game between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins that was supposed to drop the puck on NBC’s nationally televised slate this year. To date, that makes 326 games lost, or 26.5% of the league’s 82-game season. There have been rumors that the NHL Winter Classic on January 1 as well as the All-Star Game are being cut today, though the league has not said so. The Winter Classic is a blast to watch and has served the league well in broadening its fan base, with the game played outdoors on New Year’s Day in a big venue usually in wintery conditions that — at least on its oft-slushy surface — evokes an old-timey feel that works well on TV especially amid the hype of college football bowl season. This year’s matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings is set for the University of Michigan’s massive football stadium, where a crowd of more than 100,000 is expected. Read More »

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NHL Cancels More Games As Offer Iced

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 1:54pm PDT

NBC Sports and the various regional sports networks must be wondering if the NHL lockout will ever end. Today the league said it was canceling all regular-season games through November 1, making it a total of 135 games down the tubes as the league and the players fight over a new labor deal. The NHL made a very public offer earlier this week that ws rejected by the players’ association yesterday, prompting today’s move. That offer was based on the idea that, if accepted, the NHL could squeeze in a full 82-game season if the season started by November 2. At this point it’s still a workable scenario — unlike the wacky schedule that emerged out of the NBA lockout last season, when teams were often forced to play back-to-back-to-back nights to make up the lost time and only fit in 66 games. Read More »

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NBC Cites Deep Bench If NHL Lockout Drags On

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 5:12pm PDT

The NHL today cancelled its 2012 preseason through September 30 as the league’s lockout continues after its union pact with players expired Saturday at midnight. More cancellations are expected as the labor unrest drags on, and no talks on a new collective bargaining agreement have been scheduled. NBC Sports, which signed a record $2 billion, 10-year TV rights deal with the NHL last year, remained neutral in the wake of the news, saying in a statement:

“We are hopeful that the lockout is resolved soon and does not affect our NHL programming. However, if games are missed, we have a large amount of quality live-event programming available to replace them, including soccer, boxing, and college hockey and basketball.”

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NBCU Takes Stake In Stan Lee and NHL’s Superhero Franchise

By | Wednesday June 15, 2011 @ 10:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of NBCUniversal signing a 10-year deal with the NHL this spring, NBCU has taken an equity stake in Guardian Media Entertainment, the partnership between comic book icon Stan Lee and NHL Enterprises. In exchange, NBCU will provide promotional support worth multi-millions of dollars for The Guardian Project, the Stan Lee superhero franchise featuring 30 superheroes representing each NHL club. GME, which started off with comic books, a novel and merchandise, is in early discussions for development of a television series. Long-term plans include the creation of films, games, a theme park presence and global extensions.

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