Random Media Notes
After both games four and five I made sure to tune into ESPN.
Sportscenter was already in-progress after game four and after the game recap the first story was shown. The same thing happened with coverage of game five. The Cup wasn’t part of the teaser but was actually the first story shown. It was a lengthy segment (especially for hockey) that gave a complete recap of the game.
ESPN.com had the games as the cover story on the front page after the completion of each. Upon a visit just a little while ago I was greeted with a prestitial (a full-page ad before you get to enter the site) for the NBA Finals. After that, a big photo of Scott Niedermayer lifting the Cup with the title of Duck Season
Where the Cup is being covered on US websites:
* anaheimducks.com has been down since at least the end of game five. Update 1am: The Ducks site seems to be up and running again.
* I’m doing a round-up of links over at hockeyfights.com.
* NBC brings more energy than CBC - William Houston of The Globe and Mail prefers NBC’s coverage over CBC’s. Jeff Marek and Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch were voicing similar opinions. “Stale” seems to be the most common criticism of CBC. Houston also mentions the low ratings by NBC (something mentioned many places), but rightfully points out that a year off and small market Final match-ups don’t help boost ratings.