Not Televising All 82 Games Across 2 Networks Are Teams’ Most Egregious Sin
September 15, 2009 1 Comment
The Anaheim Ducks have announced their 2009-10 TV schedule. Now usually, this would elicit nothing more than a bullet-point on the Monday local TV roundup. However, the Ducks awful TV schedule brings me to a clueless technicality of the NHL team’s TV schedules.
See, the Ducks have 69 games on local TV. Three will air as part of the LA Kings TV package. 50 will air on FS Prime and FS West. 16 more will be televised on local independent station KDOC out of LA.
So, let us recap. This is three networks covering one hockey team. Yet, there are 13 games untelevised. It would only require PRIME and KDOC another 6-7 games to get the entire schedule on TV in the country’s 2nd largest media market. We understand the challenges of travel and costs of televising especially a Western Conference team’s games, but four of the untelecasted games are home tilts, and six of them are at least in the Mountain Time Zone, if not the Pacific.
This is similar to what the St. Louis Blues had going on with FS Midwest and the team’s local CW affiliate. It’s the same as what Minnesota has been doing with FS North and KSTC. Why teams have two networks willing to televise their games, yet won’t air all 82 is an even larger disservice to that team’s fans.