The All-Star’s new and exciting 3-on-3 format was expected to raise ratings for the NHL’s big event, but it was the inclusion of enforcer, and all-round good guy, John Scott that caused the games to set record ratings.
John Scott’s must read tell-all on The Players’ Tribune disclosed how the league’s efforts to try to get him out of the games – which he was on board with at first – escalated into questioning if his daughter’s would be “proud” of him being there, the last straw for Scott.
Coming into the event everyone was on Team John Scott – the crowd roared at his every inclusion and the internet exploded when he scored twice, then won the tournament, and then won the All-Star MVP award.
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It was the perfect conclusion to an incredible underdog story – of John Scott and the tipped to be weakest Pacific Division team – which helped the games reach record ratings.
NHL rises as the NFL falls
NY Daily News reports that, “Sunday's All-Star game averaged 1.595 million viewers and pulled a 0.90 household rating, both records of the seven NHL All-Star Games which have aired on the cable channel.”
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The Washington Post further reported that the NFL’s All-Star equivalent – the Pro-Bowl, which was aired the same night as the All-Star games – had sunk massively in the ratings, whilst the NHL event went up.
The Pro-Bowl, per the Post, "garnered a 7.7 rating on NBC in 2013, with the 5.0 overnight rating this year representing a 54 percent drop since then.”
Whilst, “Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game on NBCSN, meanwhile, saw a ratings boost and in at least one hockey-mad locale did better than its NFL counterpart.”
One of those “hockey-mad locale” was claimed to be Chicago, where the All-Star game was received in 13,000 more households than the Pro-Bowl. The NHL event included at least one player from each team in the league, whereas the Pro-Bowl excluded players from six teams – one of which was the Chicago Bears.
Everyone was raving about the All-Star game, it trended well above the Pro-Bowl – which under-trended Grease Live – and John Scott is still amongst the top trends two days after the event.
A small victory for John Scott
Sure he’s the All-Star MVP, and everybody loves him, but he still has to go back to his new minor league team after his family was displaced from Arizona to Newfoundland.
Sports Illustrated recorded John Scott’s departure from the All-Star event and back to his new life, particularly his farewell to close friend Brent Burns. On Scott’s way out, the pair exchanged a hand shake and parted ways:
“Great seeing you,” Burns told Scott. “Great weekend,” Scott replied.
Then John Scott, his two daughters and his nine-month pregnant wife flew back to their new house all the way up in Newfoundland, where the NHL has forced the All-Star hero to reside.
The league continues to attempt a U-turn on its treatment towards John Scott, and their opinion of him. The Hockey Writers reports that the NHL has named him as their 1st Star of the Week – technically making Scott the first non-NHLer to win the award.
Hopefully John Scott’s stellar performance at the All-Star event, and the obvious love for him by the fans, has caused the NHL to change their minds about the 6’8’’ MVP.
So maybe, they’ll allow – or possibly even nudge – a team to trade him back into the NHL. There’s no doubt that their merchandise sales will rise, and aside from that, he’s actually a very good enforcer – and a pretty good player too.
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