Thursday, August 16, 2007

NBC the Nobody Cares Network

If you were hoping to catch the Bolts on NBC this upcoming season, don't hold your breath. Apparently there are only 3 teams in the league; the Rangers, Penguins and Red Wings. They make up the bulk of NBC NHL schedule for the upcoming season. Even Anaheim got no respect, the defending Cup Champs only have two possible showings on NBC's "flex" schedule. I understand that ratings for the NHL sucked, but come on. You wanna grow the game Bettman? Get it off Versus/NBC. The sooner ESPN/ABC takes over the better. This may just happen. Here's an article outlining the negotiations between the NHL/Versus/ESPN , as well as info on the NHL Network in the US. God I miss NHL 2Night.

2008 NHL on NBC regular season flexible schedule (All games announced 13 days prior):

Sunday, Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m. ET
Boston @ New York Rangers or
Anaheim @ Dallas

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m. ET
New York Rangers @ Montreal

Sunday, Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m. ET
Anaheim @ Detroit or
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh or
New York Rangers @ Washington

Sunday, Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Dallas or
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo or
San Jose @ New York Rangers or
Colorado @ Chicago

Sunday, March 2, 12:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Buffalo or
Philadelphia @ New York Rangers or
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh

Sunday, March 9, 12:30 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington or
Boston @ New York Rangers or
Nashville @ Detroit

Sunday, March 16, Noon ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh or
Detroit @ Columbus or
Boston @ Washington

Sunday, March 30, 12:30 p.m. ET
New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh or
Nashville @ Detroit or
Boston @ Buffalo

Sunday, April 6, 12:30 p.m. ET
Chicago @ Detroit or
New York Rangers @ New Jersey or
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia

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Jibblescribbits said...

It looks like Washington is a darling too. I know they expect to be better, and Ovechkin is the man, but geez. They weren't that good last year.

The Avs only have one chance, against the Blackhawks of all teams geez.

I disagree though, Vs. is fine with me. I know they aren't seen everywhere, but they will be. We don't want ESPN, they treat sports not named NBA, NASCAR and NFL like crap.

RJ said...

VS is ok, but ESPN is carried in 20+ million more homes. Once hockey is back on ESPN, they will offer more coverage on Sports Center, and will probably bring back NHL2Night. Since the NHL left the network, ESPN has 28% less NHL coverage on Sports Center. They key to getting covered by ESPN is to have your games on ESPN. Aside from games, Versus does nothing else with hockey. No nightly or weekly highlight show, they have no "Sports Center", they are just a number on the dial to find a game once in a while.

PB said...

The function of ESPN not showing highlights on SportsCenter because they don't have hockey is virtually terrible for the sport. What's stopping them from showing highlights or promoting the NHL. Arent't they the Entertainment and Sports Network?

That smacks of payola to me and that is the crying shame here.

The NHL left the network because ESPN dropped them and didn't renew.