Broadcast News: The Last Segment of the Year
April 9, 2010 13 Comments
#8 Philadelphia vs. #1 Washington
#7 Montreal vs. #2 New Jersey
#6 Boston vs. #3 Buffalo
#5 Ottawa vs. #4 Pittsburgh
#8 Colorado vs. #1 San Jose
#7 Nashville vs. #2 Chicago
#6 Detroit vs. #3 Vancouver
#5 Los Angeles vs. #4 Phoenix
Canadian Networks Draft
#1 (CBC): Detroit vs. Vancouver
#2 (CBC): Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh
#3 (TSN): New Jersey vs. Montreal
#4 (CBC): Los Angeles vs. Phoenix
#5 (TSN): Philadelphia vs. Washington
#6 (CBC): Colorado vs. San Jose
#7-8 (TSN): Nashville vs. Chicago and Boston vs. Buffalo
I still think the CBC wants Sid the Kid vs. a Canadian team over Montreal. We can all debate this for days and days and days, but it comes down to this: The Kid is officially Canada’s biggest hockey star in a generation after the Olympic games. You don’t pass up on a chance to televise his games, it’s that simple really.
Another pickle that CBC has itself in is with the Detroit-Vancouver series. Since it alternates timeslots due to the time zone change, CBC would need another alternating series to pair it with. There really isn’t one. Phoenix-LA is the closest to it though, since the games in Phoenix could start at 8PM and the ones in Vancouver could go as late as 10:30. Expect that to maybe happen and then Ottawa-Pittsburgh and Colorado-San Jose the other night.
NBC: Washington-Philadelphia and Buffalo-Boston. Possibly Vancouver-Detroit, as GM Place’s scheduling necessitates it be a Wednesday-Friday series, therefore allowing a Game 3 to be on Sunday. NBC has televised Edmonton-Detroit and Calgary-Detroit before, no reason to think they wouldn’t take Vancouver-Detroit. More I think of it, more I see it as likely. But if NBC plays it safe, it’ll be with those two Eastern series.
VERSUS: Lots of Washington/Philly and Buffalo/Boston in the 7PM slot, with maybe a pinch of Pittsburgh/Ottawa thrown in. Either Colorado/San Joe or LA/Phoenix will be the west coast, VERSUS produced series, and CBC telecasts of Detroit/Vancouver out west will alternate. The available VERSUS announcers are the same as Wednesday.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this segment. It’s sparked some good talk and debate all season long. I hope to bring it back next year. See ya’ Sunday!