Memo to NBC:

If you’re going to shove the overtime period of an NHL playoff game to an obscure cable network just so you can show a bunch of damn horses run around a track for 90 seconds, then don’t bother airing it at all.

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  1. pacdude

    Memo to Loog:

    If NBC is going to preempt the unplanned period of a game in the least popular and arguable most failing of the four major sports in America to what I’m assuming is OLN for one of the most anticipated novelty acts in sports, then by all means, don’t bitch about it.

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  2. loogaroo

    Two words: Heidi Game. If you’re not prepared to show a game in its entirety, then be prepared for people to be angry when you pre-empt the deciding moments of the game for something completly incongruous.

    As for the “most anticipated novelty act” part, it truly is sad that horse racing has clout over hockey in the television business. I hope both of Street Sense’s front legs snap in half coming out of the gate.

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  3. wschmrdr

    As a Sabres fan, I was quite disappointed to find the game had been moved to that Vs. network. I won’t spoil the ending for those who might get Empire and would want to see it in Replay.

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  4. usasatsui

    Poor comparison. Heidi was 1)not live, 2) not a once-a-year event, and 3) interrupted an NFL game, which by any standard out measures the NHL in popularity and importance in this country.

    I don’t think horse racing beats out hockey in TV clout per se (how many races do you see on TV besides the three?), but when you have two competing high-class sports events on the same time and you need to show both of them, one needs to give, and Triple Crown horse race beats out NHL Playoff Game. I’d be mad too, if I cared about hockey, but I understand the call.

    Really, what would you have done if the call were yours?

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  5. usasatsui

    That’s an option, assuming the network wasn’t paid to run it live. Not pleasant, though.

    I was thinking, though, maybe it was a situation of no choice. Contracts and agreements and the like probably forced the game over. Because that is unusual…a network will almost always show the end of one program before they start another given the chance. Then again, I can see the Preakness having that much pull.

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  6. tleberle

    Baloney! So you think that NBC should be prepared to run three hours of infomercials just in case a game runs into five overtimes? Because it’s happened.

    And your comments about horse racing, while your opinion and your right to them, are completely reprehensible. Even if you didn’t get to finish your precious Tim Connolly watch thing. The “clout” to which you refer is that the Preakness is a scheduled event. Hockey games are not expected to go into overtime.

    (And anyway, who cares about a game contested between the capital of the Great White North and some city on the East Coast? Yawn.)

    How would you have felt about them cutting away to the race, and then running the hockey game on a five minute tape delay until its conclusion?

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  7. loogaroo

    Baloney! So you think that NBC should be prepared to run three hours of infomercials just in case a game runs into five overtimes? Because it’s happened.

    What does that have to do with anything?

    You show the game, then show the race when it’s done. If the game finishes early, wonderful. If not, you show the race at the first opportunity – and if the game goes into multiple overtimes, you’ll have the 15-minute intermission between the first and second OT to show the race.

    And your comments about horse racing, while your opinion and your right to them, are completely reprehensible.

    I think you know me well enough by now to know that I was being facetious (not to mention ridiculing the fervor that surrounded Barbaro’s broken leg last year). I am pleased, though, that Street Sense lost the race, meaning that all the Triple Crown hype will go away. No telling what they’d pre-empt if SS had won.

    How would you have felt about them cutting away to the race, and then running the hockey game on a five minute tape delay until its conclusion?

    I wouldn’t have a problem with that at all. The point is: don’t schedule one sporting event that very well could run late before the annual pony show. And if you do, don’t relegate the event you were showing to channel 400 wasteland when you miscalculate.

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