Revenue, ratings, and, New York Post reports - LA Kings Insider Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell wrote an interesting piece today, noting that the Kings grossed over $1 million in ticketing, merchandise, food and beverage sales in Game 1, which represented a franchise record.

Amongst other reports from this recommended story:
-Fans spent an average of nearly $30 each on merchandising alone
-The sales of standing room tickets set a Staples Center record

In speaking with the Kings business operations, the team generated franchise record ticket revenues for the team for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. As a comparison, Game 1 revenues were 23% higher than the Cup-clinching game on June 11, 2012, representing an additional $650,000, which at that time was a franchise record. The Kings are expecting another record gate on Saturday, and a higher total for potential Games 5 and 7.

Back to the Rovell piece. Despite a New York Post report citing two unnamed sources earlier today that said the Kings were up for sale – interestingly, a similar story was written the day of Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final – AEG CEO Dan Beckerman put the story to rest.

“The L.A. Kings are not for sale,” Beckerman told Rovell. “The AEG strategy is to bring content and real estate together, and that’s exactly what we have with the Kings and the Staples Center. Phil is ecstatic with our business both on and off the ice.”

Game 1 on NBC averaged 4.777 million viewers, which made it the second-most watched Game 1 ever televised by NBC. It trailed only last year’s triple overtime series debut between Boston and Chicago, which averaged 6.358 million viewers. The game peaked at 5.7 million viewers from 7:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. PT.

On television:

Los Angeles drew a 7.1 metered market rating, which marks the third-most watched NBC-televised game on NBC. Only Games 5 and 6 in 2012 surpassed L.A.’s local rating. New York drew its best NHL rating ever on NBC with a 10.1 metered market rating. The Rangers have not played in the Stanley Cup Final since 1994.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.