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TTMI~Radio, e.95 – In the Meantime

How’s this for self-promotion….

It’s a show.  I don’t really know what to say about this one other than the Superstar and I got back together for e.95 of TheThirdManIn~Radio.  Usually when he and I do these things you never know what we’ll talk about and the reason is – neither do we.

We talked about some things, I don’t recall too much exactly.  We had a show outline but it was aborted during the music intro.  I enjoyed myself though.  We discussed the Blackhawks getting better today, how awful traditionally they’ve been in Philly (Stanley Cup aside), a few New Years resolutions, Andrew Shaw and some other stuff I can’t recall at the moment.

I’d say its completely missable unless you’re desperate for time killer or background noise at work.  Its probably best for that.

I’d say we’ll do better next time, but that’s too lofty a goal.

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McDonough’s new title, backstory on Finals game 5 and much more

In the next few days we’ll gradually get caught up on the thoughts and all the notes we’ve missed in the past month I’ve been away.

McDonough title gets fatter

On the first of June, Blackhawks franchise President John McDonough had his title extended to include the title of Chief Executive Officer.

Rocky Wirtz explained the move in a press release:

“John has shown unprecedented leadership, boundless energy and a tireless ability to move the Blackhawks forward since he took over operations for the organization in 2007.  It is only appropriate that we add CEO to his title as the direction of this franchise continues to strive for excellence.”

The new title itself won’t change McDonough’s role much if at all.  It’s more of a cosmetic change than anything else.  Not unlike several moves made a year ago after the Stanley Cup win.

Last summer several front office types received new promotions in title.

Jay Blunk was promoted from Senior Vice President of Business Operations to a more plain, bolder and broader, Executive Vice President.  Stan Bowman had “Vice President” inserted before his General Manager tag.  Chris Werner was promoted from Senior Director to Vice President of Ticket Operations and Customer Relations.  Al MacIsaac got a Vice President tag to stitch over his previous Senior Director of Hockey Administration as well as Assistant to the President.  MacIssac’s official title since has been Vice President/Assistant to the President.   Kevin Cheveldayoff also had Senior Director of Hockey Operations tagged onto his plain Assistant General Manager distinction.

With all the elevations in status being handed out last summer, John McDonough’s stayed the same until this month.

In a Q&A with ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers the day after his promotion, McDonough gave his take on the CEO tag.

“Well, we know over the last few years the signature here has been profound change, and what we’re looking for is continuity,” McDonough said.  “For me I’m proud to play a small role in the development of this franchise, but this gives us more continuity.”

What a title has to do with continuity is your guess.   And McDonough’s role in remodeling and advancing the Blackhawks’ business and hockey operations has been anything but small.  But his use of the word continuity is still interesting.

McDonough, who turned 58 last month, will be entering the final year of his original five-year contract when he was signed on as team president on November 20, 2007.  In January of 2010, McDonough signed a multi-year extension that is believed to at least take him through the 2015-16 season.

Going by what little is known about McDonough’s contract, term, the president wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Perhaps there is more to this story than we know?  For sure McDonough associating his own promotion with the term ‘continuity’ when he is under contract for another five seasons does raise some suspicion.

The only thing we can tell for sure is this move does put some space between McDonough and those underneath him who were founded new titles last summer.  Take that for what you will.

Catching up on what’s happening

– So… there was a serious Thrashers’ bidder interested in keeping the team in Atlanta

– According to Forbes, citing a team source, the Tampa Bay Lightning, despite increasing attendance by an average of 2,000 per game and three-round playoff run, will post a $25-30 million pre-tax loss this season. Read more »

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Jan 3rd news & notes: Classic rating, Olsen, Buff, Bollig and rumors

A reminder that tonight’s Blackhawks-Kings game in LA is an exclusive VERSUS telecast and will start at 8pm central/6pm pacific.  So that puck drop will be an hour and a half earlier than Kings’ fans are accustomed to.  And for Chicago fans hearing “Hawks-Kings at Staples Center” and figuring the game won’t start until late, be advised.

– Also tonight on NHL Network is the IIHF World U20 Championship tournament semi-final between Canada and the United States.  That game starts at 6:30pm central.  Winner plays for the Gold Medal on Wednesday night against the winner of Russia-Sweden (airs live 2:30 central today on NHL Network).

– The Penguins-Capitals Winter Classic Alumni game, which happened on New Years Eve at Heinz Field and Mario Lemieux participated in, will air on NHL Network from 5:30 to 6:30, leading into the live CAN-USA game.

– New Years Day’s Winter Classic rating is in.  In the ratings demographic most-coveted by advertisers, ages 18-49, meaning also the most-important to television executives, Saturday’s Penguins-Captials game drew a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.56 million viewers overall (2.3 rating).  The 1.8 (5.0 share) at 18-49 is more than any other show on basic television did that night.

For a little clarity in what that rating means in the grand scheme of things, last night’s NFL game on NBC did an overall rating of 5.1 (13.0 share) in adults 18-49 and an average of 14.28M viewers overall from 7-10:30.  Last night’s Rams-Seahawks game peaked in the second quarter quarter with 16.7M viewers and a 6.0 rating in adults 18-49.  The Winter Classic started with 4.46M viewers, then dropped to 4.35M in the 8-9 hour, and back up to 4.57M during the second intermission and third period. Read more »

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