VERSUS Heads to Round 2

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 29, 2010)-VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, continues its coverage of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Conference Semifinals commence tonight.  The network will drop the puck on its first night of second-round coverage at 8:30 p.m. ET with Hockey Central followed by exclusive coverage of Game 1 in the Detroit Red Wings/San Jose Sharks series at 9 p.m. ET.  VERSUS will air another Hockey Central show at 11:30 p.m. ET following the conclusion of the game.

In the Conference Semifinal round, VERSUS will air at least two exclusive games per series (both Eastern Conference series will have three exclusive games) and the remaining games will be blacked out locally as they were during the first round.  During the Conference Finals, VERSUS will air exclusive coverage of both series and the network’s 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage will culminate with exclusive coverage of Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

VERSUS’ Conference Semifinal schedule follows (All times ET, subject to change):

DATE                                       TIME                            GAMES                                                            CONFERENCE

Thursday, April 29                  9 p.m.                          Detroit at San Jose, Game 1*                        Western

Friday, April 30                       7 p.m.                          Montreal at Pittsburgh, Game 1*                   Eastern

Saturday, May 1                     8 p.m.                          Vancouver at Chicago, Game 1*                    Western

Sunday, May 2                        8 p.m.                          Detroit at San Jose, Game 2*                        Western

Monday, May 3                       7 p.m.                          Philadelphia at Boston, Game 2*                    Eastern

Monday, May 3                       9:30 p.m. (JIP )           Vancouver at Chicago, Game 2                      Western

Tuesday, May 4                      7 p.m.                          Pittsburgh at Montreal, Game 3                     Eastern

Tuesday, May 4                      9:30 p.m. (JIP)            San Jose at Detroit, Game 3                          Western

Wednesday, May 5                 7 p.m.                          Boston at Philadelphia, Game 3*                    Eastern

Wednesday, May 5                 9:30 p.m.                     Chicago at Vancouver, Game 3                      Western

Thursday, May 6                     7 p.m.                          Pittsburgh at Montreal, Game 4*                   Eastern

Thursday, May 6                     9:30 p.m. (JIP)            San Jose at Detroit, Game 4                          Western

Friday, May 7                          7 p.m.                          Boston at Philadelphia, Game 4*                    Eastern

Friday, May 7                          9:30 p.m.                     Chicago at Vancouver, Game 4*                    Western

Saturday, May 8                     7 p.m.                          Montreal at Pittsburgh, Game 5*,**             Eastern

Saturday, May 8                     10 p.m.                        Detroit at San Jose, Game 5**                      Western

Sunday, May 9                        8 p.m.                          Vancouver at Chicago, Game 5**                  Western

Monday, May 10                     7 p.m.                          Pittsburgh at Montreal, Game 6**                 Eastern

Monday, May 10                     9:30 p.m. (JIP)            San Jose at Detroit, Game 6**                      Western

Tuesday, May 11                    9:30 p.m.                     Chicago at Vancouver, Game 6**                  Western

Wednesday, May 12               TBD                             Montreal at Pittsburgh, Game 7**                 Eastern

Wednesday, May 12               TBD                             Detroit at San Jose, Game 7**                      Western

Thursday, May 13                   8 p.m.                          Vancouver at Chicago, Game 7**                  Western

Friday, May 14                        7 p.m.                          Philadelphia at Boston, Game 7**                  Eastern

Games with (*) denotes EXCLUSIVE game; games with (**) are subject to change as best of seven series may be over; (JIP) – joined in progress

VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD).  Now in more than 75 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR).  VERSUS also airs NASCAR, NBA, UFC, college football and college basketball programming.  The network is home to the best outdoor programming on television and airs original programs not available anywhere else, including The Daily Line, Sports Soup and Sports Jobs with Junior Seau.  VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

2 Responses to VERSUS Heads to Round 2

  1. Josh says:

    I find it weird that Versus stipulates that a 9:30 game following a 7pm game is JIP. Is that just for the playoffs? TSN schedules doubleheaders all the time during the regular season where the nightcap starts 2 1/2 hours after the first game. This has been going on since whenever the league had the refs start cracking down on time between whistles and faceoffs.

    Three periods almost never take longer than 2:30 anymore.

    • nosferatu says:

      Versus simply put things in a confusing manner in this press release. Those 9:30 JIP games actually begin at 7:30, so we’ll see if we get more than ten minutes of game time of those games on Versus. Technically, I guess you could say that’s joined in progress, but a very loose interpretation of the term.

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