Red Wings, Pistons go head to head
What is the NHL thinking? ... the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals will be played at the same time as Games 3, 4 and 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.Bizarre indeed.
Who cares, you say? Well, just about everyone in Detroit, to start with, as fans here will now have to choose whether to watch the Red Wings or the Pistons.
The craziest part just might be that two of those games are being played in the same metro area, with the two Detroit teams playing in different buildings, about 30 miles apart.
With the Red Wings having difficulty filling the Joe this season, Games 1 and 2 of the finals go head-to-head with Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference final between Detroit and Boston. There will be half an hour separating the games.
And it's worth noting the NBA schedule was already set when the NHL planned its own Monday night.
I don't have a handle on how much overlap there is between ticket holders for the two teams (probably not a ton), but there's no question this affects the television draw in the Michigan area. (And forget about sports fans in Massachusetts, who are on the reborn Celtics' bandwagon whole hog).
Only via the magic of a shiny new PVR have I managed to watch two games at once.
The Saturday night time slot, sure, maybe that's unavoidable, but how can you explain overlapping games on almost the exact date and time on Monday and Wednesday?
As I said, bizarre. And I'm not even a hoops fan.