Life in the Slow Lane

January 15, 2009

Buffalo’s absence from NBC hockey schedule baffling

Filed under: Television — pauljlane @ 5:40 pm

Color me befuddled that NBC’s flex schedule for its NHL game of the week does not feature Buffalo at all this season.

The network will draw one game per week from a pool of a handful of games to televise at 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Hockey “hotbeds” such as Nashville, Florida and Atlanta appear on the list, but not Buffalo, a city always in the top five hockey-watching U.S. markets (Canadian teams aren’t scheduled since NBC can’t draw ratings points from the Great White North.

How does this happen? Buffalo isn’t having a great season, but you at least KNOW that people will watch. What, will 15 Coyotes watch when Phoenix appears on The Peacock? Some has some ‘splainin to do.

Here, from NBC is the season schedule.

2009 NHL GAME OF THE WEEK REGULAR SEASON FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
(All Games Announced At Least 13 Days Prior)

Sunday, Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m. ET
New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh

Sunday, Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m. ET
Detroit @ Pittsburgh
Philadelphia @ Atlanta
Nashville @ Dallas

Sunday, Feb. 15, 12:30 p.m. ET
Colorado @ Detroit
Philadelphia @ New York Rangers
San Jose @ New Jersey

Sunday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington
Colorado @ Carolina

Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m. ET
Boston @ New York Rangers
Pittsburgh @ Washington
Phoenix @ New York Islanders
Colorado @ Chicago

Sunday, March 15, 12:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia @ New York Rangers
Detroit @ Columbus
Boston @ Pittsburgh

Sunday, March 22, 12:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh
New Jersey @ Boston
Los Angeles @ Chicago

Sunday, April 5, 12:30 p.m. ET
Minnesota @ Detroit
Pittsburgh @ Florida
Atlanta @ Washington

Sunday, April 12, 2:00 p.m. ET
New York Rangers @ Philadelphia
Detroit @ Chicago
Boston @ New York Islanders
St. Louis @ Columbus

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