NBC Affiliates Cut Hockey This Weekend Due to Tornados, Soccer
April 26, 2010 8 Comments
Sometimes there have been weird happenings around the world that have caused hockey to take a backseat. The Pope’s visit to Yankee Stadium last year caused a playoff game to be shown on a hard-to-find channel in my neck of the woods. Telethons, college hoops, baseball and other various things in various markets have caused hockey to find somewhere else to play.
Well, there were two examples of that this weekend. First was a serious matter, as tornados ravaged the American Southeast over the weekend, coverage of the storms in many markets, including Washington and Nashville, a team playing in one of the games, pre-empted hockey for various lengths of time. I was told that NBC in Nashville missed over 10+ minutes of coverage, including the Predators’ 4th goal in the game.
The other example this weekend is a little less… important seeming. From reader Greg:
…for a previously scheduled Sounders soccer game. After the game ended, they joined the NBC broadcast in progress during the 2nd intermission.
In the past they have run NBC’s weeknight prime-time coverage of the Stanley Cup on sister station KONG 16, but for some reason this didn’t happen today.
Just an FYI since you are the specialist on this stuff …. AFAIK they have run all the NBC games this season live and in their regular dial position.
Greg’s right, NBC Seattle often just out and out places Stanley Cup Final games on another station in the market and airs local news coverage instead of hockey. This is stupid. I get that airing a local team is more important than a playoff hockey game, but find that other channel and place the important Game 6 somewhere in a market close to Vancouver, which is an NHL market. What’s your take, readers?