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#1 95Crash

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:16 AM

I was watching the Bolts-Flyers game on NBC Sports Network last night, and they ran a commercial saying that here in the U.S. the 2012 NHL Playoffs are going to be shown on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network. Does anyone know if that means ALL of the games will be covered by any one of those channels? Or is it possible that some games will still be available only on the NHL Package? I can't find a link to confirm any of it.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:44 AM

There are not enough channels for the first round. There's a chance that in the second round, when there are 8 matchups, that they can manage, depending on timezones.

If there is a Devils-Panthers first round matchup, I wouldn't expect any national attention unless there's a Game 7.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:45 AM

I hope they do put more rounds on national TV. Especially the cup on NBC. It would help the sport draw more people.

But I'M not sure about your question OP. If i find something I'll let you know
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:53 AM

The only thing that is changed there as opposed to previous years is CNBC. Depending upon the nightly schedule, every game could be on one of the four. It's pretty much guaranteed that 4 series will start in the Eastern TZ, 2 in the Central, 2 in the Western. If every night features 2E, 1C, 1W, you should be good. If there is a 5 game weeknight, one game will probably get bumped.

Edit: I put Detroit in the Central Time Zone for some reason, so it could be 5/1/2 but the logistics remain the same.

Edited by BCdevil, 27 March 2012 - 11:17 AM.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:53 AM

CNBC = catch-all NBC channel for things they don't deem important enough for NBC Sports Channel and broadcast NBC (channel 4)

they did that with some of the less interesting events in the Olympics

We will prob get thrown there if NBC covers our games
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:54 AM

At the start of those commercials, it says "Every game, every night."

Playoffs Start April 11th
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:56 AM

so, is this just so they can carry it nationally? or will MSG (+) carry the games as well locally?
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:57 AM

At the start of those commercials, it says "Every game, every night."

Playoffs Start April 11th


If this is true, we better get DOC (won't happen)

and Im sure MSG is mad along with other local team channels
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:01 AM

If the game is on the NHL network, then I am not sure but it may be the local feed? Not everyone has the NHL network, so they may carry it locally.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:03 AM

If the game is on the NHL network, then I am not sure but it may be the local feed? Not everyone has the NHL network, so they may carry it locally.


That is true, they can simulcast it. But I have seen NHL Channel Produce it themselves - prob will do. I guess we will find out April 11
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:06 AM

I think some have NHL Network exclusivity, but the great majority will be on somewhere on the NBC channels. They manage to televise a bunch of NCAA tournament games in the first two rounds on four channels.

I'm sure they could do all the games on four channels considering at most there are five games in one night in the first round, and at least one or two are WC games so they won't overlap with all the 7-8 PM games.

Edited by NJDevs4978, 27 March 2012 - 11:08 AM.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

There are not enough channels for the first round. There's a chance that in the second round, when there are 8 matchups, that they can manage, depending on timezones.

If there is a Devils-Panthers first round matchup, I wouldn't expect any national attention unless there's a Game 7.


There are eight matchups in the first round, and usually half are on one day, and half the other.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:26 AM

CNBC = catch-all NBC channel for things they don't deem important enough for NBC Sports Channel and broadcast NBC (channel 4)

they did that with some of the less interesting events in the Olympics

We will prob get thrown there if NBC covers our games



Yeah..everytime I turned on CNBC they were showing curling ??
(no offense to curling fans!)

Edited by hargsy, 27 March 2012 - 11:27 AM.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:15 PM

Remember when one of the arguments for why the NHL should go back to ESPN was because ESPN had not one but two channels for playoff games?
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:15 PM

Yeah..everytime I turned on CNBC they were showing curling ??
(no offense to curling fans!)


I watched way more CNBC those two weeks than the entire rest of my life combined, thanks to all of the curling coverage.

I'm not even being ironic or a jackass, I LOVED watching curling.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:19 PM

Good for NBC, finally giving the NHL some exposure!
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:29 PM

I watched way more CNBC those two weeks than the entire rest of my life combined, thanks to all of the curling coverage.

I'm not even being ironic or a jackass, I LOVED watching curling.


I cant see how people watch that....its like watching paint dry !!!
but what ev, I guess a lot of people like it.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:53 PM

I watched way more CNBC those two weeks than the entire rest of my life combined, thanks to all of the curling coverage.

I'm not even being ironic or a jackass, I LOVED watching curling.

Me too. Curling is the sh!t.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:33 PM

I watched way more CNBC those two weeks than the entire rest of my life combined, thanks to all of the curling coverage.

I'm not even being ironic or a jackass, I LOVED watching curling.

I love watching curling for the cute curling girls :D.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:57 AM

these are the same questions im sure JVB is asking.... $$$$$$$$$
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