Saturday, May 17, 2008

Here comes the Preakness

Know this: NBC's hockey coverage will end at 3:30 p.m. even if the game is in overtime. Coverage would then move to Versus. It will also be streamed online at NBCsports.com and NHL.com. Preakness prerace coverage takes precedence even though post time is 5:15 p.m.

NBC believes its three-hour window for the Stars-Red Wings allows for one overtime, if necessary.
Make no mistake, last year was an unmitigated disaster, as the network cut away from the Senators-Sabres Game 5 in overtime and pissed off legions of hockey hardcores in the U.S.

I imagine NBC and the NHL will be holding their breath come the third period this afternoon. Should be interesting.

I'll defer to great hockey philosopher Daryl Reaugh:
"Rugh-Roe, The Peacock is double-booked."
He sure is. Again.
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At 11:41 AM, May 17, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I'm just trying to figure out if an hour and forty-five minutes of pre-game for a three minute race is more, or less, overkill than the Super Bowl pre-game hype.

 
At 1:12 PM, May 17, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

With VERSUS in almost 80,000,000 US homes, this contingency isn't a big problem. It is interesting that many of the critics of NBC are from Canada and are not affected in any way by a potential switch.

 
At 1:18 PM, May 17, 2008, Blogger Pensgirl said...

Well I'm in Baltimore and I just flipped the TV on to discover that the local NBC affiliate is not showing the game at all...they're going to have local Preakness coverage instead, starting at 2. They're showing kids news until then.

Last year I remember getting the game here on Preakness day - I recall flipping over to Versus for the OT.

I'm not finding any information about the game being shown on any other channels, either. I guess we hockey fans in the Balto area are just SOL.

 
At 2:18 PM, May 17, 2008, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

The fact they are streaming the game on nhl.com and nbcsports.com, they are probably going to have no delay in the switch to Versus if there is an OT, and there will be ample notification of a switch instead of instantly switching to a pre-Preakness interview of a jockey on a couch, this shows they are at least listening.

Instead of just railing against everyone involved, I think it is another example of the league and the networks trying to make the best of a difficult situation.

 
At 2:21 PM, May 17, 2008, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

Just an FYI, there are real-time Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings ISO cam video feeds available on nhl.tv.

They have the same to isolated team cameras live on nbcsports.msnbc.com.

No live video on versus.com.

 
At 3:21 PM, May 17, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Game is on NBC here in the Philly area...

 
At 3:23 PM, May 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of just railing against everyone involved, I think it is another example of the league and the networks trying to make the best of a difficult situation.

He's right. I've got my am/fm radio, my short-wave receiver, my AT&T telegraph operator, my semophore flags, and my well-stoked fire and small-pox infected blankets standing by to help me get news, in real time, about the game. Thanks NHL.You're totally awesome.

 
At 4:37 PM, May 17, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Post-game interview and highlights on NBC.

 

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