Hockey Mon wrote:
blackjack wrote:Should we add the 4,000-10,000 (depending on weather) that show up outside the arena to watch the playoffs on the big screen...when VS. allows it versus NBC who won't allow it? God, NBC sux, but don't get me started on them.
I will say that is pretty cool. Nothing like watching the game outside with 4-10K of your closest friends. Things I wonder are:
1. If the game was on a national station, would there be that big of a turn out? Didn't they do that last year too?
2. The NHL needs to get national coverage for all of the playoff games, not just the weekend ones (preaching to choir here probably).
3. How could NBC not allow it? I don't get that. Is that part of the "rebroadcast of this event is prohibited without the express written consent of th NHL/NBC?" Sorry I'm getting you started....someone else can answer so blackjack doesn't blow a gasket.
NBC has a "policy" this year that prohibits the broadcasting of "their" telecast on arena jumbotrons or projections screens. (it fears lowered ratings)
This all started as an event to get the fans together as a community with Fox Sports Pittsburgh. Versus allowed it to continue last year and NBC grudingly allowed one game (or was it Versus) when the pens were in Detroit to be shown inside the arena and fans paid $5 which was donated to charity. This year, NBC won't even agree to that. Greedy pricks that they are can't even help a charity.
Pittsburgh still generated a 27+ rating (meaning 27 % of all TVs on, were tuned to the game, which is HUGE) on FSP for earlier rounds with the screen in place. And yes, they did it last year. They still are getting these huge crowds and delviering TV ratings and filling up their "oldest building in the league".
And yes, if they ever want to grow this game, they need more national exposure, but NBC didn't want to risk a game going into overtime and disrupting the first week of Conan on the Tonight Show.
(Also, and this is a very slight concession on my part, but they need to call games consistently. i.e. clutching and grabbing is OK in game 1 & 2, but they make an announcement that it's not OK in game three. Zetterberg closes his hand on the puck in Games 1 AND 2 and gets away with it and the Pens skate around with 6 men for 21 seconds in Game 3...and these are the best refs in the league?!?!?)