So You Want to Know What Nights Your Team’s Playoff Series Will Be?
April 9, 2010 1 Comment
Here are a few easy steps, as I’ve gotten some inquiries (By the way, Broadcast News returns at Noon). I’m going to use a potential Nashville-Vancouver series as an example for all of these:
- Check the arena’s event schedule as an easy reminder of when a home game cannot be played. For example, Nashville could be playing Vancouver in Round 1, wherein the Canucks would have home-ice advantage. Hockey Night in Canada would prefer the series play April 15th and 17th, so they could get a Thursday-Saturday rotation and the prime Hockey Night in Canada slot. However, the Harlem Globetrotters have a show at GM Place on Saturday, April 17th, so that’s out unless there can be a rescheduling. Right now, it looks like that series will go 4/15-4/17 in Vancouver, and 4/20-4/22 (or 4/19) in Nashville, as there are events at Bridgestone Arena on the 21st and 23rd. Then the series would go back for the Saturday night CBC wants on the 24th, with a game six in Nashville the 26th and game seven in Vancouver the 28th.
- TV TV TV. NBC and CBC in particular, will get what they want when it comes to scheduling. Think a Thursday-Saturday series would make most sense for your team’s series? Not if NBC wants a Sunday game. The three-day off sequence shows up in between Games 1 & 2. Similarly, want a Game 1/2 Wednesday-Friday? CBC could just as easily ask for Wednesday-Saturday if that’s what fits them. The TV networks always win.
- Common Sense. Above all, just picking a Wednesday/Thursday and then skipping a day in between games.
Hope this helped. We’ll know everything on Sunday night!