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Hockey is #1 Priority in Florida

02/19/2007 at 2:30pm EST
Ha! Well, maybe not, but the NHL's broadcast deal with NBC kicked some golf ass yesterday.We're always reading stories about how hockey gets bumped for other sports, never a big enough priority on different networks. (Things like ESPN dropping NHL coverage in favor of broadcasting insanity like domino competitions doesn't exactly inspire confidence...)So you can imagine that I found this tidbit somewhat amusing: hockey causing chaos in the Deep South, as NBC's television obligations to the NHL devastated the hopes and dreams of the fans of -- wait for it -- the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am -- yesterday. Seriously, a steak restaurant sponsors a bunch of dudes smacking their silly little dimpled balls around a country club, and that's supposed to preempt an NHL hockey game? Bah!
"The tournament ran long, and NBC was obligated to go to its NHL coverage at 3:30. Don't blame local NBC affiliate Ch. 8. It had no choice. It was contractually bound to switch to hockey. That move kicked the Outback to the Golf Channel with the tournament still in doubt. (Be thankful there was a backup plan.)"Funny thing is (well, not so funny for the Outback) was the Golf Channel left coverage with two players still on the course. Tom Watson had clinched the tournament, and there was a quick interview with the winner. But the last group was still playing (though no one could have made eagle by that point to tie Watson) when the Golf Channel cut away to some sort of Tony Jacklin taped instructional show."
How many times has the same thing happened to American hockey fans? It's about time hockey took priority over SOMETHING!(Especially golf. The world really would be a better place without televised freakin' golf...)

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