We’re Still Confused as to Why NBC Doesn’t Get First Choice Here

From Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer:

I’ve asked around and it’s a little more complicated than that. Basically, the NHL wants a game on NBC on Sunday and NBC wants a hockey game on Sunday. If the Capitals win, then everything’s OK and it’ll be Game 6 of the Rangers-Capitals series.

If the Capitals had lost, New Jersey-Carolina was the alternate game for that time slot. But even though the game was listed as TBA on the schedule, both teams still have to approve the time change to 2 p.m., which also means pulling it off their local broadcasters, because NBC has an exclusive and Versus does not.

If there had been another series playing Sunday and more games to go around, the whole operation would have been easier, but someone somewhere along the line wouldn’t agree to the change, so hold off on the calls to NBC.

This didn’t stop them from pulling that Ottawa-Pittsburgh game from primetime a couple of years ago.  These are facts.

Oh well, have a good weekend everyone, and we’ll join you along the way.

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