NBC gives Sens' win the shaft
NBC pulled the plug on coverage of the overtime period between the Ottawa Senators-Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, denying viewers in most of the United States the conclusion the Eastern Conference final's Game 5.
NBC dropped the overtime period, which decided the series and sent the Senators to the Stanley Cup final, because it didn't want the hockey telecast running into its scheduled 90-minute coverage of the Preakness Stakes starting at 5 p.m. EDT.
The good thing is that high-profile viewers like Daryl Reaugh were among those shafted by the move, and here's hoping NBC decides to drop its playoff coverage in the future due to the resultant bad press.
This kind of coverage isn't serving anyone. It shafts the players, the teams, viewers in both the U.S. and Canada, the league itself and even the owners, who gain little in revenue and a lot in negative media coverage from such a shoddy partnership.
Flush it down.
- The comment thread over at Tom Benjamin's post has more good banter on this business