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TV Distributors Will Be Compensated For Shortened NHL Season, But Not Customers
Published May 10, 2013
TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD? In Columbus, Michael Arace writes the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is "one of the great pageants in all of sports and it is being presented in all its glory," as every game is being carried on NBC, NBC Sports Network or CNBC. They also are "being streamed live" at NBCSports.com. It is "almost too intense to bear." NBC hockey analyst Daryl Reaugh said, "That’s what Gary Bettman set out to do -- make sure it was the No. 1 asset at whatever network it landed." He added, "No matter where you are, people understand NBC is NBC, and you can see every game" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/10). However, in St. Louis, Dan Caesar writes the NHL is "taking it to an extreme this year in trying to appease its big-bucks TV partners" and during the playoffs, the league's "kowtowing to the networks that televise it have come at a huge detriment to fans." The league in a move designed to provide TV programming "bungled the announcement of the starting dates and times of the first round so badly that it lost out on a full day to sell tickets in many locations." Some games in the Central Time Zone have had "extremely late announced starting times -- 8 or 8:30 p.m. in many cases." This is an "hour or hour and a half later than most teams normally begin games and creates an extreme hardship on many fans on weeknights" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/10).