CBC Needs to Start Experimenting With Multiple Games at 10PM, So I Don’t Have to Watch This Again
December 7, 2009 8 Comments
This looks like it was done in the 1970′s. Which is an insult to the 1970′s. This was the feed used by the NHL for highlights of Saturday night’s Ottawa-Phoenix game. This was due to the game not being televised by either FS Arizona or… well who exactly should have picked up this game?
The answer is CBC. The network has aired up to three games regionally on various Saturdays this season, why was this game considered so inflexible to fit it’s schedule? The network got this very same matchup at 7PM last year and showed it regionally.
It’s something that’s been discussed a lot in the comments recently, CBC’s treatment of the west coast, and this sort of relates. This game could have been shown at 10PM as a regional feed for just Ottawa, and maybe gotten an okay number of viewers. But the CBC decided that Edmonton-Vancouver needed to be seen in the entire country. A rivalry, perhaps, but it can’t be ignored that CBC showed a game featuring two teams currently outside the playoff picture and didn’t air one with two teams that were.
Perhaps I don’t get Canadian TV enough to do this. Could it be done logically that an Edmonton and Calgary game could be shown at the same time? Can you split those two markets up well enough? It doesn’t matter, even if you couldn’t, you could show an Edmonton game and a Vancouver game at the same time. In a few months, CBC is airing Montreal-LA as the 10PM game. Why not, on some night next year, air a game like that and add in, say, a Minnesota-Vancouver game as a safety telecast, so that if the Habs are still not contending for a playoff spot, you at least have a dependable Northwest division battle to stablize the audience.
The fact is, it’s sad CBC bulks up it’s 7PM slot with so many games, when a Toronto game or a Montreal game alone can get 1.8-2 million viewers a week. Why not try and beef up the 10PM ratings with an additional game? Or, you know God forbid, show the Leafs at 10PM when they’re actually on the west coast? Put it in the too much sense folder, I say.