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For those of you outside of St. Louis, KSDK, the NBC affliate in St. Louis, has been the top news station in the market for decades. This past summer, they purchased the network TV rights to televise St Louis Cardinals games... and hockey fans (along with golf and tennis fans) are getting collectively screwed over in the process.

Four times during the playoffs NBC's telecasts are getting pre-empted by Cardinals games. But that in itself isn't the real problem. This is St. Louis where baseball rules. The problem is the lack of action by the NBC and KSKD's failure to take responsibility for their commitments.

<blockquote>KSDK program director Rebecca Rahm said this week that KSDK's contract with NBC allows for the pre-emptions, and that it is up to the network — not Channel 5 — to find another station to carry the overridden events.

"That's really an opportunity NBC has because it's their product,'' she said. "We work closely with them on that, obviously, because we're an affiliate and we're a partner with them. But that is their opportunity to find another home.''</blockquote>

Thanks for that kick in the gut, Rebecca. It's one thing to screw your viewers over by not offering the programming that you're supposed to be programming, but KSDK not doing anything to help remedy the issue is completely inexcusable.

Unfortunatley, NBC only gave a half assed effort to resolving the problem themselves. There were two obvious possible destinations for the games in St. Louis. NBC only had one conversation each with those two networks and one of them didn't even get called until yesterday.

So, if you're a St. Louisan looking for someone to complain to or just want to complain on behalf of St. Louisans, send an email to <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> and tell them what you think about their inaction.

<a href="http://www.stltoday.com/s...penDocument">KSDK says NBC should resolve schedule logjam</a> [STLToday.com]
Filed Under:   nbc   ksdk   st louis   playoffs  
April 14, 2007 12:46 PM ET | Delete
perhaps if the blues actually had more than 11,000 paid fans going to games the networks would put hockey on. obviously they don't because st. louis is a bandwagon hockey town.
April 14, 2007 12:47 PM ET | Delete
That sucks man...of course here in Nashville, the NHL on NBC gets pre-empted by a Country Music Hall of Fame enshrinement, a UT fashionable undergarment segment and whatever crime that Pacman Jones committed the previous night.
April 14, 2007 12:54 PM ET | Delete
That sucks. This is the reasons why the NHL needs to make sure it has a good nationally televised plan in place. The purpose of having he NHL on NBC is greater exposure. That gets lost when things like this happen. I think it is horrible that they are having afternoon playoff games. NHL playoff hockey is a prime time event. Allowing NBC to say yes but we will only broadcast your product during the day just put the NHL in that much weaker of a position. I hope you get to see the game Deg.
April 14, 2007 1:02 PM ET | Delete
I see yashin2exile is still spouting off the same irrational nonsense as always. It's people like you that make Canadian hockey fans look bad as a whole.
April 14, 2007 1:14 PM ET | Delete
I don't understand why the NHL agreed to have TWO days during the game. I think it's alright that they made the deal with NBC to show weekend games during the day, but to demand two games seems unfair.I'm sorry to hear about that down in St. Louis. Other markets are seeing baseball interfere too and it's frusterating. There are 162 games in their season, give hockey the playoffs!
April 14, 2007 3:37 PM ET | Delete
I feel for you. I am frustrated enough I can't watch the Rangers game (we get the Pittsburgh/Ottawa game here in Cincinnati), but I appreciate my ability to see any games.I think NHL has done a pretty good job of their hockey coverage, but I still don't think of NBC as the home of hockey...and hockey really needs to find a television home (Versus will become acceptable when it becomes a standard cable channel...but I can't get Versus here, even if I want to pay more).
April 14, 2007 5:28 PM ET | Delete
Yashin,How's NHL hockey in your hometown?
April 14, 2007 5:31 PM ET | Delete
Early in March the NBC game of the week (Wings vs. Bruins) was bumped in St. Louis for a PRESEASON Cardinals game. I did in fact contact NBC via email to no avail. No one even had the courtesy to respond to my email.
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