Sorry, don’t have the full ratings yet, but here is what I have so far.
Partial September Sports ratings:
Dan Patrick 1.2
Blue Lunch 1.7
Tim & Sid 8.3
Until TSN radio has the benefit of Toronto Maple Leafs games there is little that will happen with their ratings. Similarly, until TSN makes a firm commitment to it’s radio station, and not simply using it as a tool to promote and support their TV network they will continue to be where they are in the ratings game. Most importantly they have to stick to a schedule. If it’s Patrick, go with it. If it’s not dump him. Stop switching.
Meanwhile, one has to wonder what the folks at he Fan are up to these days. The numbers are off the charts and that’s with literally no sports going on in Toronto. Interesting to see what happens when we get into late November and there is no hockey and no baseball and only NFL on weekends. I love hearing Toronto MSMers talking Raptors and NBA basketball but we shall see what happens to ratings then.
“The biggest names on the Leafs — Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, James Reimer — are not playing overseas, getting ready for a season that might not be.
Without playing this season, the Leafs don’t have to account for the final years on the contracts of players such as Tim Connolly, Matthew Lombardi, Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak, which frees up $13 million in salaries for starting over post-lockout. A chance to begin anew with youngsters like Morgan Rielly not that far away.”
I don’t wonder what Brian Burke was told, as Steve Simmons suggests in this past Sunday column but I do believe Leaf fans shouldn’t be overly disturbed the longer this lockout drags on. I know, we all want games to be played. Admit it though, the longer they stay out the better it is for the Buds.
Also from Simmons:
“At what point did all of sports media turn to political punditry? Imagine a group of serious political writers tweeting play by play of a sporting event the way so many managed on the U.S. vice-presidential debate … ”
While I found the MSM election tweets colorful, I think Simmons missed out on the Sunday news shows talking MLB playoffs in the middle of the election talk; tweeting? maybe not but certainly covering sports.
David Shoalts article on Tuesday: “For the first time since the NHL owners locked out the players a month ago, there is a palpable sense of optimism the season can be saved.”
David Shoalts Thursday : “When Gary Bettman strode to the microphone early Thursday afternoon it was clear there would be no good news for hockey fans.”
That was fast. Come on people. You saw this coming right?
The odds of the PA accepting Bettman’s last offer were about the same as McCown having Bettman co-host a show.
If you think the NHLPA hired Donald Fehr to get to this deal I am deeply disappointed in you.
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