Send VERSUS a Message, and Try To Watch Rare Three-Game Week
December 7, 2009 2 Comments
We have open thread coming up in a little bit for tonight’s Devils-Sabres game on VERSUS. It’ll be a typical night on the network, though it isn’t a typical week. For the first time in it’s history, VERSUS is airing regular season hockey on three consecutive nights.
The closest VERSUS has come to this is during their incarnation as OLN in 2005-06, when they aired games on Monday & Tuesday, and then the Sunday right before the 2006 Olympics began, as sort of a send-off toward the games. There were also plans that season to do a three-night week, with games airing on a Sunday-Monday-Tuesday. But the game at the time was Dallas-Chicago, which wasn’t as appealing back then, so it was traded in for a doubleheader another time during the year.
It’ll be interesting to see if some extra people tune in this week, just out of the consistency of hockey being on one channel three nights in a row. People love to view out of habit, and that could give VERSUS an advantage here. Plus, people have not had a chance to see Colorado during their stunning early-season success, so catching them now, just before their likely fall out of the top 8, will probably catch some eyes.
All in all, I encourage you to tune into as many of these telecasts as you can. We all know VERSUS has it’s flaws when it comes to coverage and scheduling. But it’s your job to help them see what you want when it comes to broadcasting hockey. If you let them know there’s an audience for a third game each week, I think they won’t be able to ignore it.