Still MIGHTY, on March 29, 2012 - 13:10, said:
Kramerica Industries, on March 29, 2012 - 12:13, said:
Sounds pretty fair. Thanks.
I don't care for Hahn or Remenda myself, but when I'm not watching the Sharks online, that's usually what NBC leaves everyone with. Probably because of the whole NBC/Comcast connection and what-not.
That's exactly what it is, and it bugs me from a fan watching perspective and a production perspective. As a fan, I'm excited when I hear that the Ducks are going to be on national TV so I don't have to be subjected to my crappy internet feed since I'm not in SoCal anymore, but then I'm reminded it's a Sharks game and we're getting Randy and Drew. They're not national broadcasters and won't ever be. They're the San Jose broadcasters. BTW, did you guys know it was Logan Couture's birthday yesterday? I sure didn't.
This continues to the production perspective. It's not produced like a national broadcast. It's the Sharks broadcast. It's also just lazy on NBC's part, because they always do this with their late season hockey coverage. In past years, they'd pick up CSN Philadelphia or Washington for a Flyers or Caps game, but this was also before they had full time broadcasters with Emerick and Strader. So while they get the East Coast games fine now, they cop out for the second game of their doubleheader for their West Coast game and just put on CSN's Sharks game. Heck, they copped out for the Kings/Canucks game by using TSN's feed, but at least taht was a national broadcast. NBC has their two broadcast teams with Emerick and Strader, they should have one team at each game. I understand that's hard to do with them having games on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, but there's ways to make it a national game still. In the past, they've used the Ducks John Alhers for NBC/Versus games that feature the Ducks and he's done it for a couple non-Ducks games as well. They'll pair Alhers with one of the other color guys NBC uses (Brickely, Reaugh, etc) like at the Ducks/Stars game last month with Alhers in the booth and McGuire in between the glass. NBC Sports has gotten better in their coverage, but this in particular (late season double header feed stealing) is something they haven't changed and it sucks.
It's probably a contractual thing. NBC-SN can pick up a CSN broadcast because they're sister networks, and can also pick up CBC and TSN feeds because these channels aren't broadcast in many US cities. On occasion, Versus did pick up the MSG Network feeds of Rangers games (probably because it's a channel not offered to many markets outside New York) and Altitude Network feeds for Avalanche games.
However, Fox Sports and NBC-SN are rival networks, and it just so happens that most American teams use a partner of Fox (whether it be FSN, Root Sports, SportSouth, Prime Ticket, etc.) as the main provider of game broadcasts. Fox most likely doesn't want to lose viewers to NBC-SN, even if it's the same exact feed. It's the same reason why the local team's broadcast gets blacked-out on Center Ice when it's being televised locally. All about ratings.
NBC-SN can get away with having two broadcast teams during the season because the calendar allows fill-in announcers when their team's playing (or nearby or on an extended break between games), and they'll be picking up some announcers in the playoffs from teams that have been eliminated.
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