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I guess you’ve got to market your games…NBCSN picks up Wings-Stars game on April 27th

Via Paul and the Dallas Stars: The NBC Sports Network knows that the Wings' last game of the season, against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, April 27th, may determine the teams' respective playoff fates, so they've picked it up and changed the start time from 8 PM EDT to 7 PM EDT (7 to 6 PM CDT, or local time):


Game Selected to be Televised Nationally on NBC Sports Network, Will Now Start at 6:00 p.m. CT

The National Hockey League announced today that the start time for the April 27 contest between the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center has been moved to 6:00 p.m. CT and will now be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. The game, originally scheduled to commence at 7:00 p.m. CT, is the final contest of the regular season for both clubs.

Heading into tonight's NHL action, the Dallas Stars sit two points behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

There's no news as to whether NBCSN is pre-empting the local broadcasts, so I don't know whether FSD or FS Dallas will still be broadcasting the game.

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detroitredwings's avatar

NBC Sports Network is on a mission to ruin as much Wings’ games on TV as they can this season.

Posted by detroitredwings on 04/16/13 at 10:32 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

If the league allows NBCSN to replace the FSD coverage of that game, Mr. I should ban the Midget Commissioner from Joe Louis Arena (and any future Wings venue) for life.

I like Doc Emrick, but there’s no way the Wings should let the season end (one way or the other) without Ken and Mickey doing the broadcast.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/16/13 at 11:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

There’s no news as to whether NBCSN is pre-empting the local broadcasts, so I don’t know whether FSD or FS Dallas will still be broadcasting the game.

FSD should do the broadcast anyway.  I want options.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 04/17/13 at 12:26 AM ET


And FSD will still be doing the playoff games (don’t say it).

As someone who doesn’t live in Michigan, the trade off between having to listen to blegh commentary and seeing hockey on an HDTV is worth it.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 04/17/13 at 01:42 AM ET

rrasco's avatar

Thanks for the heads up.  I’ll be at that game and had no idea the start time changed.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 04/17/13 at 01:42 AM ET

No reason you can’t watch the games on FSD in HD.  Just need the proper provider and package.

Posted by rrasco from TEXAS on 04/17/13 at 10:17 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

This ROYALLY SCREWS people who purchased game center to watch the Red Wings and who are out of market. They can’t get NBCSN-VS games. Games on the NBC or NHL networks are blacked-out. Instead, they can get a crappy, laggy european feed from some dodgy site in order to get the programming they paid to receive. 

Plus there’d likely be a douche canoe where a hamburglar SHOULD be, and some “subtle interference” where a bingo-bango goes.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/17/13 at 10:39 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

This entire season has been about the NHL royally screwing Center Ice and GameCenter Live subscribers.

How many Wings games have the NHL Network or NBCSN gobbled up? Six? Eight? And all with little to no notice.

I don’t think that the NHL understands that not everyone has the NHL Network on their cable or satellite system—my cable provider doesn’t offer it, and I’d guess that the split of those who can access it and those who can’t is around 50/50—and many people who buy GameCenter Live don’t have cable TV or TV at all, which makes things incredibly complicated.

I’ve been vocal about my criticism of the blackouts, but the NHL doesn’t seem to understand how upset it makes its fans who are paying a premium to access games it refuses to allow them to watch.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/17/13 at 11:57 AM ET

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