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NBC's nine weeks of games amounted to the league's most extensive U. The move was originally seen not only as a snub of small-market teams such as the Sabres , but of hockey in general.
However, NBC and the NHL later revealed that the Preakness deal had been made several years before and contained mandatory advertising commitments during the pre-race build-up. Both sides could have agreed that the entire game would air only on Versus or begin earlier in the day, but the NHL wanted at least one Eastern Conference Finals game to air on NBC, and said that it does not schedule with the assumption that games will go into overtime.
Moreover, an earlier start time could not be arranged because the broadcast window was fixed in advance, and both the NHL and NBC needed the flexibility to pick the Western Conference Finals for that window if they so desired.
Before the game, Bill Clement advised the audience that in the event that the game went into overtime, it would be televised on Versus , or OLN as it was known at the time.
The Buffalo Sabres won the game in regulation. This is similar to what it does with its Notre Dame football coverage. The show features a breakdown of upcoming action, as well as reports from the game sites and a feature on an NHL player.
The league selects at least 3 potential games at the start of the season for most of NBC's regular-season coverage dates.
The other 2 games move outside of NBC's broadcast window and return to teams' regional carriers. Since the league made network coverage a priority in the s, regionalized coverage had been the norm; NBC is the first network to try regularly presenting 1 game to the entire nation.
Additionally, studio segments now originate from the game site instead of 30 Rockefeller Center. All games are produced in i high definition. The game went head to head with some of the New Year's Day college football bowl games, but none of the feature Bowl Championship Series games.
While never expected to beat or directly compete with football ratings the timing was designed to take advantage of the large audience flipping between channels to watch the different bowl games. CBC also showed the outdoor game.
Although originally maligned as a mere publicity stunt by some in the media, the Winter Classic drew a 2.
By comparison, CBS received a 2.
New Year's Day aside, all regular-season telecasts now air on Sunday afternoons. In April , NBC announced the activation of its option to retain broadcasting rights for the — season.
NBC's scheduling will be similar to the — season flex scheduling for regular-season games, up to five games of the Stanley Cup Finals—changing in to include Games 1, 2 and except that all or nearly all of the Sunday-afternoon games will begin at p.
Eastern time. They continued to broadcast the Winter Classic, Sunday-afternoon games at p.
Eastern time, six weekends of playoff action, and Games 1, 2, and of the Stanley Cup Finals. The November broadcast is the earliest an NHL regular season game has aired on a broadcast television network in the U.
NBC has instead opted to air one prime time game each year, later in the season, since The deal gives NBC the option of moving Games 3 and 4 to the broadcast network.
This also applies during the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Complimenting the change, Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk also voiced commentary and other appearances in the game. The annual contest, in which communities compete to demonstrate their commitment to ice hockey, with the winning community being awarded the opportunity to host a nationally televised NHL preseason game, was first held across Canada in This was done to save production costs.