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St. Louis Blues TV Ratings Drop 25%

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It seems as if Blues fans, at least in terms of television ownership, are tired of the team’s big story. You know, big expectations, big hype, big regular season — then a big bust in the playoffs.

According to Nielsen, which measures TV viewership, Blues ratings on local carrier Fox Sports Midwest are down a whopping 25 percent this season over the same stage last year. FSM has televised all but seven of their contests, with the others being shown on NBCSN.

And NBCSN’s ratings in St. Louis for its Blues games have followed the local lead, as Nielsen says they’ve dropped just under 25 percent.

Losing a quarter of the audience is a massive decline, something that if it happened for a network program or local TV newscasts would lead to major upheaval. But in the Blues’ case it’s not the quality of the telecasts or those on the air that is the problem. And it’s not the product that is being shown, either. The Blues are among the best in the West — again. But it’s the track record of the team, with three consecutive first-round playoff exits following much regular-season success, that could be a key factor.

Fans, at least from a TV viewership standpoint, seem to be saying what the NHL’s critics blare — the regular season is too long, with not enough meaning in the grand picture. Add the fact the team doesn’t score much and it’s that recipe that probably has created the big dip.

An eventual fall in viewership for the Blues seemed inevitable, given the recent run of success. FSM had experienced a rating increase for six consecutive years, culminating with Nielsen saying an average of 4.9 percent of homes in the market with a TV turned in last season. FSM’s figure heading into Thursday’s contest, for which the rating is not yet available, was 3.5.

Despite the drop, FSM reports that the Blues are drawing the fourth-best ratings among U.S.-based NHL teams for their local telecasts, are the top-rated cable program in St. Louis most of the time and that ratings are up for the last month. Also pointed out is that their contest Sunday, at Tampa, outrated the NBA All-Star Game later that night by 36 percent.

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Laura Rutledge Celebrates Chemistry Of NFL Live

“It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”

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Laura Rutledge is very happy with where NFL Live is as the current lineup gets set to enter its third season together. She told The Big Lead that there is genuine chemistry between herself, Marcus Spears, Mina Kimes, and Dan Orlovsky and that is why she doesn’t feel the need to emulate any of sports television’s many debate shows.

“You don’t want to see people yelling at each other all the time and I’m really proud of the chemistry that we have struck and just letting that breathe on air and having so much fun. It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”

The 2022 NFL season will have a very different feel for ESPN. The addition of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for Monday Night Football adds new expectations to the network.

Rutledge said that the attention on the network means that she and her colleagues have to raise their respective games, but that shouldn’t be hard. There is always material to work with in this league.

“We’ve seen this offseason, we saw the previous offseason, how the NFL news cycle never stops. It’s funny because the news cycle becomes such a big piece of the story, but we’re like, we can’t wait for the games,” she said.

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Arizona Cardinals To Be Featured On Hard Knocks In Season

“This will be the first time the franchise has ever been featured on an edition of Hard Knocks.”

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HBO and NFL Films are headed to the desert. The league announced on Monday that after an off-season full of headlines and roster speculation, the Arizona Cardinals have been picked as the focus of the second edition of Hard Knocks In Season.

It has been an interesting few months in Arizona to say the least. The acquisition of Hollywood Brown on Draft Night came after months of speculation about how happy quarterback Kyler Murray is to be on the roster. Add to it a disappointing ending to a 2021 season that started with so much promise, and there are plenty of storylines to zero in on before a game is even played.

This will be the first time the franchise has ever been featured on an edition of Hard Knocks.

Filming is set to begin midseason with the show debuting on HBO and HBO Max in the back half of the 17 game schedule.

Hard Knocks In Season debuted last year. The Indianapolis Colts were the focus of the first edition of the show. The Hard Knocks franchise debuted in 2001. Seventeen editions of the preseason version of the show have already aired. The Detroit Lions will be the focus of an 18th which is set to debut in August.

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Adam Amin Explains Why Cannot Use Twitter Like He Used To

“I got tired of leaning on other people for my own self-value and that was a hard thing to come to terms with.”

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For many in the sports media industry, Twitter is necessary to stay updated on the latest news. Some choose to use it to interact with their audience. However, reading feedback from others you don’t know can sometimes be a drain on your mental health. 

Adam Amin, who became the voice of the Chicago Bulls on NBC Sports Chicago in 2020-21 to go with announcing NFL and MLB games on FOX in recent years, he chose to stop interacting on Twitter nine months ago. 

He shared that information with Mike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman on an episode of the GoJo with Mike Golic Jr. podcast. Amin talked about how he would go on Twitter and search for his name to see what people would say and that had a big effect on how he viewed himself.

“I got tired of leaning on other people for my own self-value and that was a hard thing to come to terms with. Once I figured that out and said let me disconnect from this completely and see if it affects me at all, I think it has. I still get frustrated, I still see tweets and I miss the interactions.” 

“I’ve avoided seeing replies that are nice because I don’t want to lean on it too much to make myself feel better. I need to get that from actual people. I need to get that from a different source. It doesn’t mean I’m right and you’re wrong, it doesn’t mean Twitter is a bad place, it doesn’t mean I won’t come back, maybe I will. I couldn’t deal with it at that point in my life when I was dealing with a new job on FOX, 2 big sports, calling MLB playoff games, calling NBA for the third-largest market in the country.”

With that being said, Amin understands that people are entitled to their opinions on things. However, he doesn’t feel that people are meant to absorb the amount of criticism that social media can bring your way when you’re in the public eye.

Amin said he still checks Twitter, but he only goes there to look at information and does not reply back to anyone.

“I can’t stop using it. It’s the greatest information curation tool in the history of the planet,” he said. “I can’t stop using this app because it makes my job a hundred times easier. Maybe if I stop interacting with it completely, maybe I’ll see it for what it is. It’s user-sensitive. You get out of it what you put into it.”

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