Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/04/12 at 12:50 PM ET
This Sunday at 1pm, Channel 3 will be carrying the baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, forcing us to join Game 4 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings, in progress. We know this upsets our hockey loving fans and are sorry to have to do it.
Below is a statement from our programming director, Terry Moir, on the tough decisions she has to make when it comes to balancing our commitment to the Indians and other programming.
Dear hockey fans,
We know and understand your frustration with us for airing Indians baseball instead of playoff hockey. But Channel 3 has a contract to air 20 of the Cleveland Indian baseball games on broadcast TV. We entered into our agreement when STO was just being launched. The idea was to have 20 games that people who could not afford cable TV would be able to see. We try, very hard, to divide up the sports that we pre-empt for baseball. So we take some hockey, some tennis, some golf, some volleyball and various other smaller sporting events.
Games are picked in December of the year before they air. Then NBC lays in their sports calendar in January or February. Our initial list of games is then cleared by NBC. NBC has events that we can pre-empt and ones that we cannot pre-empt. If I have a game on a date that they feel is not pre-emptible then I have to move off that date….
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