Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Then Lepore came back with the Versus TV schedule and I thought hey, this looks better. 16 teams were left off the NBC schedule, while only 4 were left off the Versus. The teams that were left off Versus'? 4 Canadian teams that I'm sure are all over the CBC and TSN schedules.
Well, I thought I'd throw some quick graphs together that prove the point. First off, the NBC schedule.
Click on it to blow it up. But look at that, 6 teams have over different 5 chances (in just 10 weeks!) to be on the national NBC broadcast. Way to switch it up. Oh and WTF! Colorado...COLORADO?!? Are you shitting me? Last place 32-45-5 Colorado gets five chances on national tv? Good choice.
How 'bout Versus? How did they divvy out their broadcast schedule across the 30 (hear that NBC? There's 30 teams in the NHL) franchises? Let's take a look.
Oh look at that relatively even distribution, at least every American franchise gets a look. Even the Thrashers and Coyotes will get a game broadcast on Versus, do you think they'll ever get a look from the execs at NBC? Not a chance. Hell, even the Blue Jackets, Lightning, and Islanders get 5 appearances on Versus.
Now to be fair, NBC only gets 10 broadcasts, and Versus gets 58, and I recognize that fact. So to do I see the fact that those same teams Philly, Boston, Washington, Detroit, and Pittsburgh have as many, if not more, broadcasts on Versus than on NBC.
Yet this is supposed to be a "partnership" between the league and NBC. Not Gary Bettman bending over backwards so that NBC can squeeze every single rating out of his product. Oh we know that's how NBC works, we saw that in Pittsburgh during the Cup finals.
I think it's about time that the NHL starts looking back towards ESPN2 for NHL 2Night and really expanding Versus' offering, maybe even trying to get NHL Network on some basic cable offerings, because frankly, NBC isn't promoting the league like they should be. But they sure are promoting the same teams over and over again.
But hey, might as well queue up the Crosby vs. Ovechkin promo's, think they'll use the same ones as the past 2 years?
Oh and seriously, potentially 11 chances to see those Avalanche sans Sakic?!? Woooooooooo. To steal a phrase, vomit.