Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/20/07 at 09:35 AM ET
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
No joke. I get a call this afternoon from a buddy of mine, livid about NBC’s decision to dump overtime of the elimination game between Buffalo and Ottawa onto Versus.
“I can’t believe it,” he moaned. “They cut off the strongman competition I was watching for a stinkin’ hockey game!”
I had to laugh. After the kick to the gut American fans got today, it’s nice to know there’s at least one sport lower on the broadcast totem pole.
As I stated yesterday, NBC should have prepared the fans with a heads up of their plans, but nothing was mentioned. I have received over 100 emails the last 12 hours, all livid with the NBC decision. Many people set their DVR to record and even allowed for extra time, but they missed the OT since no one set the DVR to Versus. If NBC would have alerted us about this switch, in ADVANCE, it would have made it a little easier to take.
Instead, many NHL fans feel like NBC just doesn’t care.
added 7:40am, from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
Afternoon games completely mess with the dynamic of the game-day build-up, and they must drive fans on the West Coast crazy. Take yesterday, for instance, when the Sens-Sabres game started at 11 a.m. PDT. That sort of nonsense may be necessary when the Winter Olympics are being held overseas, but it certainly shouldn’t be an option for the NHL playoffs.
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