The Malik Report
by George Malik on 06/24/13 at 02:44 AM ET
Detroit, the state of Michigan and the copyrighted marketing term "Hockeytown" have been openly mocked because our NBC affiliate, WDIV, is not airing Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Here's the simple explanation as to why that's happening: on Monday night, as part of the "River Days" festival celebrating Canada Day on the Windsor side of the border and Independence Day in Detroit, the Ford Fireworks are taking place. The fireworks display is one of the largest displays in North America.
Generally speaking, about a million people attend the Fireworks on the American side of the border, and another half a million-or-so folks head to Windsor to watch.
As Metro Detroit is in fact a very spread-out area--I live 38 miles from Joe Louis Arena, but am still considered within the immediate Metro Area, and depending on where you draw the geographic lines of its perimeter, it encompasses an area somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 square miles (that's bigger than Delaware and Rhode Island on the smaller estimate, and bigger and Connecticut--or Lake Ontario--on the larger estimate) and contains at least 4.2 million of Michigan's 9.8 million residents.
Not everybody goes downtown to watch the fireworks, and WDIV draws over a million viewers from both Southeastern Michigan, the rest of the state and sometimes simulcasts to other states. It's one of WDIV's signature events, along with the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and between commercials, pre-fireworks show sponsorships and advertising, it rakes in a CRAPTON OF MONEY for WDIV.
To WDIV, going with the fireworks is a no-brainer, even though it screws over a hockey-mad Hockeytown.
So what are your options if you live in Southeastern Michigan and want to actually watch a hockey game?
1. WDIV has passed coverage on to WADL 38. WADL has a very small broadcast range, but some Michigan cable and satellite systems (WOW channel 13, AT&T channel 38, Brighthouse channel 19, DirecTV and Dish channel 38) carry the channel. If you get it on your cable or satellite provider, you can watch the game there.
2. If your cable system has the CBC, they're broadcasting it, and you're good to go, though it's not in HD.
3. Most cable and satellite providers have bought in to NBC Sports' Streaming channel, and you should be able to log in and watch NBC's coverage there, at least in most instances, by giving your provider's name and your zip code.
4. I will happily post semi-legal streams and illegal ones alike here on TMR. If you don't get WADL and want to watch the game, there are ALWAYS "alternate" ways to watch it online.
So that's the deal. I've been watching the CBC anyway, but I know that many of you will be pissed off about not having access to the game, and I'll try to help as needed. You can always contact me via email (georgemalik at kuklaskorner dot com) and on Twitter at @georgemalik as well and I will do my best to assist you.
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