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The NHL announced each team's home opener today, and with that the first three Islander games became known. The Isles will open their ...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


If you use the Nets as an example, the Isles upcoming move to Brooklyn could have a big impact on television ratings.

Nets ratings on YES are up a ridiculous 262% this season  (in English, this means that they have more than tripled).

Now there are many other factors -- including the NHL lockout and the fact that the Nets are a much better team than they were a year ago -- but this certainly shows that they are getting more attention.  The Nets' 1.1 local rating still ranks in the bottom 5 in the NBA.(although their average audience size ranks just out of the top 5).

Despite the NHL lockout, NBA ratings in some other joint NBA/NHL markets are down significantly, with Boston and Phoenix showing the largest decrease.

More: http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/02/18/Media/NBA-RSNs.aspx

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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