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Buffalo Sabres Break TV Record for January Despite Struggles

February 14th, 2013 at 10:16 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Fans of the Buffalo Sabres continue to show their loyalty of their struggling team, as the organization posted its best TV ratings, both locally and nationally, for the month of January.

'Crowd Shot at the Buffalo Sabres game' photo (c) 2011, grilled cheese - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Buffalo's new local TV rating record surpassed the previous record by more than 28 percent, while the team's season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 20 posted the highest regional rating for a Buffalo game on NBC, excluding the Winter Classic.

“The January ratings figures are staggering,” Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black said in a press release. “They speak to the rabid enthusiasm this region has for Buffalo Sabres hockey. The fans are the reason why Buffalo is one of the marquee NHL markets and we will strive to build on that momentum going forward.”

Unfortunately for the fans, their passion does not appear to be matched by the team. The Sabres have struggled this season despite having a large pool of talent and a high payroll. The team's lack of productivity has left many fans yelling for the team's head coach, Lindy Ruff, to be fired. 

Buffalo will hit the ice again tomorrow against the Boston Bruins with a 7 pm faceoff. Of course, many fans will likely continue to tune in to that game as well. But the question of whether they will enjoy it or not, is another story. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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