Well, we had an exciting playoff game, heading to overtime. Good game featuring two skilled teams, that were very evenly matched. However, NBC also owns the TV rights to a horse race, so a brief graphic and one time announcement at the end of regulation sent NHL fans scrambling to Versus.
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The problem is, Versus is not available throughout the US. In a brilliant move coming out of the lockout, the NHL pulled the sport from ESPN to go to a network with about 60% of the coverage. Funny thing is, they did it before, under John Zeigler. Then it was a fly-by-nighter named "SportsChannel".
Well, anyway, US fans had to scramble for their remotes to watch the conclusion of the game, so NBC could broadcast their hour and a half lead up to a three minute horse race. Obviously, NBC is more beholden to the Preakness-they paid a tidy sum to gain the broadcast rights, so it's hard for me to blame them. I blame the NHL, which basically gave NBC the TV rights and left themselves open to this sort of thing.
Of course due dilligence and well thought out decisions have never been a strong suit of Garry Bettman or NHL leaderhisp. Why start now? They are well aware the have the greatest and most loyal fanbase in the world, and they abuse it with a season long lockout and raised prices for most teams afterwards, brand new jerseys league wise, thus making all the current ones obsolete, and the current TV deal which is as fan friendly as pay toilets during intermission. I won't even get into the haphazard expansion and poor management that led to the lockout.
Today's events were just another sad mile post.
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