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03-01-2013, 04:04 PM
Lux Aurumque*
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Originally Posted by PensFan6687 View Post
Get your facts straight. They have the best local TV ratings of any city in the US and they have had sellout after sellout. People should really educate themselves before they make assumptions. Even the top seller for the longest time was a Penguins jersey (Crosby), not sure if it's now. If we're talking 2001-06, fine, but it's 2013. That was then. This is now.

Read below, I would say that's an elite market.

The Penguins have created a new reality for regional television.
From Erie to the Ohio border, though Morgantown, W.Va., and toward Altoona, about 357,000 people on average have watched Penguins games broadcast on Root Sports Pittsburgh since the NHL returned in late January.
No United States' NHL market had done better with its local club.
The Penguins' overall regional television rating — games broadcast on NBC, NBC Sports Network and/or Root Sports Pittsburgh — generated an 11.9 average, best for any NHL or NBA team.
“It's important for us to have high TV ratings because it tells us hockey is becoming more embedded in the culture,” Penguins CEO David Morehouse said.
The Penguins' regional TV ratings also were highest for NHL and NBA teams last season, and they are doing it again after a 119-day lockout.
You need to read before you post angry responses. I specifically mentioned the pre-Crosby era.

Pittsburgh would have lost its team without Crosby. Elite markets survive with or without superstars (see: Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Minnesota, Buffalo, Detroit).

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