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NHL Final tix far more costly than NBA Finals tix

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden,

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Asking prices for the Games 2-6 of the Stanley Cup Final were averaging more than double the corresponding games in the NBA Finals - $2,310 to $1,076 - as of early Friday, according to the secondary ticket site Razorgator.

Still, the average for tickets to Game 2 of the Cup Final in Los Angeles had fallen 38 percent since Monday, to $898.22.

Tickets to the three potential Cup Final games...

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Doc Emrick back on job for Game 2

Sports commentator Doc Emrick waves to fans as

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Doc Emrick, who missed calling Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final following the death of his father-in-law, flew to Los Angeles Thursday night and was at Staples Center for the Rangers' practice Friday.

He will call Game 2 for NBC Saturday, with Kenny Albert, who had filled in for him, returning to his usual Rangers radio role.

Emrick said he watched Game 1 on television and heard replays...

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Sky Rink reunion at Cup Final

Kenny Albert

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This post is way too self-indulgent for our print edition, but that is why God created blogs.So here ya go:

Covering my first, full Stanley Cup Final has offered a trip down memory lane to a time when I still owned hockey equipment, still was willing and able to stay up until 3 in the morning skating to and fro and make it to work the next day and still had enough hair to stick out from the...

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Don La Greca plans to 'embrace the madness' with Game 1 call

Don La Greca has had many opportunities to call Rangers games before, and even has worked NHL playoff games. But Wednesday night is nothing short of a “dream come true.’’

With Doc Emrick missing Game 1 of the Cup Final because of a death in his family, Kenny Albert will fill in for him on NBC, which in turn moves La Greca into Albert’s play-by-play spot on ESPN New York radio.

“I was...

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Kings' PA announcer used to shoot T-shirts at Islanders fans

Dave Joseph grew up in northern Michigan as a Blackhawks fan and now is the Kings’ public address announcer, but in between he had a brief-but-memorable association with another NHL team:

He is a former Islanders T-shirt cannon shooter.

This was during his days working part-time in sales for the Islanders when he was a Hofstra student and a defenseman on the school's club hockey team,...

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Fox hires David Diehl as a game analyst

DAVID DIEHL Tackle

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It is not unusual for star NFL players to transition quickly to the television booth upon retirement.

It is unusual for an offensive lineman with little national recognition to do so.

But Fox was sufficiently impressed with the potential of David Diehl to hand him a gig on its roster of game analysts in his first season after retiring following an 11-year, two-Super Bowl-ring career...

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Rangers tickets for Game 6 are costly

Montreal Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk, left, scores on Rangers

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TiqIQ, which aggregates data from an assortment of secondary ticket sites, reports this fine Wednesday morning that the average asking price for Game 6 of the Canadiens-Rangers series on Thursday night is $965.74, up 34.6 percent since the NHL Eastern Conference final began.

The lowest asking price should you just want to be in the building if not close to the ice is a whopping $476, up 43.5...

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ABC to televise its 50th consecutive Indy 500

Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, listens to music as

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ABC marks its 50th consecutive year televising the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, a marriage between a sports event and an American TV network third only in length to CBS and The Masters and ABC and the Little League World Series.

It is difficult to convey to youngish people how big the event once was – so big that in 1971 I convinced my mother to leave a 10-year-old alone in an Elizabeth, N.J.,...

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If ESPN is Secretariat, does that make Fox Sham?

Belmont Race Track, The Belmont Stakes, Jockey Ron

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I made my first schlep to Bristol in five years Thursday to tour ESPN’s state-of-the-art, never-to-be-obsolete Digital Center 2 complex that opens in June of 2014 – not to be confused with ESPN’s state-of-the-art, never-to-be-obsolete Digital Center 1 that opened in June of 2004.

The new-look “SportsCenter’’ studio will coincide with a revised approach to the show that focuses more on hosts,...

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TV sports celebrates 75th anniversary

SID LUCKMAN, Chicago Bears Nov. 14, 1943 vs.

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Just in case I leave the beat before the 100th anniversary of televised sports, I should mention now that it marked its 75th last weekend. (Thank you, Columbia Spectator, for the reminder.)

It was on May 17, 1939, that Columbia hosted Princeton in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Baker Field, carried by W2XBS (a forerunner of WNBC) to the few hundred New York homes that had sets.

Bill...

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