NBC in Tampa Continues to Think Helping Sick Kids More Important Than Stanley Cup Finals
May 29, 2009 5 Comments
This from Tom Jones (isn’t that unusual?) of the 2 Cents blog on TampaBay.com:
As of right now, local hockey fans will not be able to watch Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday night.
The game between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins is being shown nationally at 8 p.m. on NBC, but Ch. 8, the local NBC affiliate, will not carry the game because of its 26th annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon, which runs from 8:30 Saturday night until 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The only hope left is the NHL farms out the rights to NBC’s broadcast to another local station, but as of now, no deals have been struck and it’s not known if the NHL is negotiating with another station.
This happened last season, too, when Game 3 of the Cup final was pre-empted because of the telethon. Bright House Networks showed the game on what was then called Catch 47 (now Bright House Sports Network), but non-Bright House subscribers did not see the game.
Where do these people get off with their idea that these children are more important than a hockey game? It’s ridiculous really. But, on a serious note, you just have to hope that in Tampa they find another station to put the game on.