Sabres to Televise Four Jeanneret-Less Games After All

We reported on Thursday that Rick Jeanneret was going to be taking four games off from his work as the Sabres play-by-play man, and those games just happened to be the four Buffalo wasn’t airing at all this season.  There was much fan backlash and letter-writing done to the most popular man in Buffalo, Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn.

Well, fret not Buffalo puckheads, since according to the Buffalo News, those games will televised on MSG in Western NY after all, with the road team’s feed being simulcast on the network:

The decision to get the games on TV was, in part, a reaction to the backlash from fans. Sabres fans who have grown accustomed to watching every game were angry about them taking the road trip off of their TV schedule. The agreement was completed before the NHL board of governors meetings in Montreal as part of All-Star weekend.

“When you start looking at the All-Star break and the whole next week, without the Sabres out there for that long, was probably a mistake,” Quinn said. “I’m glad that fans were mad that we weren’t going to be on, and I’m glad that we’re able to accommodate the fact that they have that much passion for it.”

The Sabres initially had an agreement with MSG for 74 games, and four others were set to be televised on Versus. The team was looking to save money on production costs for the other four games that are played later in the evening and typically have a smaller audience.

Another reason the Sabres first decided to have four radio-only games was to give play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret a break from travel during the season, an incentive for him to keep working rather than retire. However, it would have kept the Sabres off the air for two full weeks, including the All-Star break.

Well, the Sabres have the highest local ratings of any team in the NHL, so what does the team really have to lose by putting these games on air?  Good work, Sabre fans getting these games on the tube.

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