1.20.20 Rick Horrow sits down Nick Kelly, Vice President of Partnerships, Beer Culture, and Community for Anheuser-Busch InBev

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1.20.20 Rick Horrow sits down Nick Kelly, Vice President of Partnerships, Beer Culture, and Community for Anheuser-Busch InBev

Edited by Tanner Simkins

In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick sits down with Nick Kelly, Vice President of Partnerships, Beer Culture, and Community for Anheuser-Busch InBev.



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  • The NHL 2020 Winter Classic between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars was the least-watched edition of the annual ice hockey game since it was first played in 2008. According to Nielsen, the Stars’ 4-2 win over the Predators on New Year’s Day roped in only 1.97 million viewers for NBC. The figure represents a drop of almost one million on last year’s edition of the game, which saw an audience of 2.94 million tune in for the Boston Bruins’ win over the Chicago Blackhawks. In related news, the NHL has selected the head coaches for its January 25 All-Star Game at St. Louis, with Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals, Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins, Craig Berube of the Blues, and Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights getting selected due to their points percentage in their respective divisions. Since the upcoming NHL All-Star Game is in the home of the Stanley Cup Champion Blues, the league has high hopes for good ratings and attendance for its annual midseason celebration.
  • In conjunction with the Protect the Pitch program, which continues to lead the industry in-stadium sustainability and clean energy efforts, LA’s Dignity Health Sports Park has installed 12 new Volta electric vehicle charging stations that will be available to guests free of charge at all events. Volta designs electric vehicle charging networks for forward-thinking businesses seeking to provide seamless, simple and free charging. Volta designed Dignity Health Sports Park’s charging network as a foundation for further expansion to match the park’s rising electric vehicle demands. Projecting out based on the average Volta station impact in Los Angeles, Dignity Health Sport Park’s 12 stations will offset an estimated 250,000 pounds of CO2annually. The MLS LA Galaxy and Dignity Health Sports Park have launched numerous sustainability efforts to reduce carbon footprint and become more sustainable through the Protect the Pitch initiative. As increasing numbers of Galaxy fans drive electric cars, Dignity Health Sports Park’s partnership with Volta is a perfect complement to the club’s Protect the Pitch sustainability initiative.
  • WWE made $13 million off of YouTube advertising revenue in 2019. According to Tubefilter, WWE’s YouTube channel is larger than those of the NBA, the NFL, MLB, and the NHL —combined with a whopping 52.8 million subscribers. And WWE uploaded a staggering average of 510 videos per month with content ranging from full matches to behind-the-scenes clips. This had them outpacing their sports league counterparts by hundreds of videos a month. Furthermore, there is no offseason with the WWE so there is always lots of content. In 2019, WWE’s channel brought a monthly average of 756.4 million views, putting in up in the ranks of the most-watched YouTube channels. But WWE is making around $1.40 per 1,000 views, a number far below YouTube’s reported average CPM of $7.60 due to the fact that the wrestling content is not ad-friendly for many sponsors. Even if the WWE only pulled in $13 million, the amount of eyeballs on their content in an era where traditional TV viewership continues to dwindle for all sports may be worth more than AdSense’s earnings for the company.

Meet the panelists for The Big Twenty

Meet the panelists for The Big Twenty

For The Big Twenty project, we reached out to a group of people who have been a part of the DMV sports scene as reporters, producers, analysts, athletes, hosts, columnists for our panel.

Here’s a list of who either voted or can be seen in our videos in the weeks to come.

Panelists

Al Koken
Brian Mitchell
Dan Steinberg
Dave Johnson
Doug Kammerer
Gary Carter
Grant Paulsen
Heather McDonough
Jared Jeffries
JP Finlay
JP Flaim
Julie Donaldson
Leon Harris
Michael Jenkins
Rob Carlin
Scott Allen
Sherree Burruss
Travis Thomas

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Capitals vs. Devils: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Devils: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

The Capitals may lead the Metropolitan Division while the Devils occupy the basement of the standings, but the pressure will be on Washington on Thursday night when they play host to New Jersey for the second time in less than a week.

A 5-1 upset on Saturday allowed the Devils to snap their three-game losing streak. They'll now return to D.C. looking to play the role of spoiler once again as the Capitals look to maintain their hold atop the NHL.

Before these two divisional opponents take the ice, here's what you need to know prior to puck drop.

CAPITALS vs. DEVILS: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

When: Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals-Devils game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Devils game on NBC Sports Washington live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-DEVILS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Devils

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS-DEVILS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: Richard Panik (jaw/day-to-day)

Devils: Brian Strait (concussion/OUT), Ben Street (upper body/OUT), Mackenzie Blackwood (upper body/day-to-day), Kyle Palmieri (lower body/day-to-day)

CAPITALS-DEVILS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Capitals: C Nicklas Backstrom (9 G, 26 A, 50.7 FO%)

Fresh off signing a five-year, $46 million extension with Washington, Nicklas Backstrom will take the ice Thursday looking to get back in the scoring column after his eight-game point streak was snapped against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. He's just five points away from being one of only four players with 40+ points in each of their last 13 seasons, joining teammate Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane and Anze Kopitar.

Devils: C Blake Coleman (15 G, 8 A, 11.2 S%)

Production has been hard to find for this struggling Devils squad, but Blake Coleman has quietly been one of the team's best goal scorers while playing on the second line. The 28-year-old center is the only member of the Devils with double-digit even strength goals this season. (Detroit is the only other team with just one, while the Capitals lead the league with six.)

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