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NBC Gets 4.6 Overnight For Stanley Cup Final Game 4, Giving Net Primetime Win
Published June 20, 2013
WE INTERRUPT THIS BROADCAST...: In Austin, Gary Dinges reported KXAN-NBC during OT "cut away from the action, airing ads for its morning newscast and a local car dealer, causing viewers to miss the game-winning goal." KXAN's Facebook page "was overflowing Wednesday night with angry messages from viewers," and the 30 seconds of missed hockey action was the "talk of Twitter." KXAN's broadcast team, which had "absolutely nothing to do with the colossal blunder, had the unfortunate task of apologizing for the flub during the station's late newscast." Meteorologist Jim Spencer said, "Computer automation will bite you sometimes" (AUSTIN360.com, 6/19).
NO REST FOR THE LOYAL: In Toronto, Tim Alamenciak writes with the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final "running side-by-side, every night offers the promise of a fantastic game but overtime can stretch play well into the wee hours." Tonight's NBA Finals Game 7 is "sure to be no exception with a start time" of 9:00pm ET. Tuesday's Game 6 went until 12:15am because of OT. Similarly, Stanley Cup Final games have "been going late, with one game stretching well past midnight" thanks to triple OT (TORONTO STAR, 6/20).
ALL IN GOOD FUN? In Boston, Christine McConville notes WEEI-FM execs are "standing by their hosts despite an X-rated stunt, saying the sports talk station won't discipline" hosts Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni for "sending a pornographic cake with the words 'Welcome to Boston' to a Chicago sports talk station" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/20).