You may take the Chicago Tribune's Ed Sherman's analysis of the Chicago Blackhawks' national TV footprint for what you will:
The Blackhawks are as close to a national team as any in the NHL. Look no further than NBC. The network is riding the Hawks hard during the playoffs. The reason is simple: Ratings.
The Hawks' local numbers from the nation's No. 3 market are having a huge impact on the overall national rating for their games on NBC and NBC Sports Network. In Chicago, an average of nearly 300,000 viewers tuned in for Game 3 on NBC Sports Network Monday night. That's nearly 20 percent of the estimated 1.6 million viewers who tuned in across the country.
Let's say there are many Hawks fans within the executive offices at NBC Sports.
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