On a Tuesday night, you could find yourself glued to your computer screen.
But the evening before, the NHL had just completed its final exhibition game against the Chicago Blackhawks, and the teams were in the process of going to the dressing room for a mandatory postgame warm-up before the second leg of the Western Conference finals.
The game was being broadcast live on Yahoo Sports, and Yahoo News anchor and host, John Skipper, was on hand to talk about it.
On Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m., the NHL was going to play its final game, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls, and a lot of fans had already gotten their first glimpse of the game.
But for a while, the show was live on ABC Sports.
There were only about three hours of live NHL content on the network, and if you wanted to catch it, you had to pay for it.
In a way, that meant the broadcast of the hockey game could have been seen by a lot more people, but the network decided to save the broadcast for the final hours of the games.
In the end, about a million viewers tuned in to the NHL on ABC, and at least one thousand people were able to watch the game on Yahoo.
At this time, the NBA playoffs are scheduled for March 8, and while it was the last game of the regular season, the hockey tournament had been going on for months.
It was already a very important game for the NHL, but for the last couple of years, the league had become accustomed to having it played on broadcast.
It’s a huge advantage to be able to keep it on the air in the face of so much opposition.
It also means that people who watch sports on television will know where the best games are happening and who’s winning the games, says Jon Peddie, a former NBC Sports Sports producer who is now a senior vice president at ABC Sports Media.
With the playoffs now underway, the network had also decided to use a game between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 6, which was a rematch of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Penguins.
That game was also a rematch.
The NHL is the league that’s really been successful, Peddig says.
And it’s the one where there’s the greatest competition.
I mean, the only way to compete is to be a lot better.
That’s what the NHL does.
But you have to have the best of the best to be in the top eight.
And the best are not playing, you know?
In terms of how the broadcast was received, there were some positive comments from viewers.
There was a lot to love about the broadcast.
But there were also some negative comments, Peds says.
There were times where the NHL announcers would have to make fun of themselves.
I’ll say, “Who are you going to believe in tonight?”
Or, “Why are you cheering for the Bruins?”
And I would just sort of laugh it off.
But when you’re at the end of your career, and you’re on the last year of your contract, and people are telling you that they’re rooting for you, that’s not good.
There are a lot people who really don’t know hockey, Peder said.
There’s been some backlash to the game from fans and some of the NHL players.
And for the most part, I think that’s understandable.
The fans don’t care about the team they root for, so it’s not going to be that great of a game.
For the players, it’s going to mean that they have to go to the locker room and talk about the game for hours.
They have to be out there with their wives, their girlfriends and their parents and their kids, and that’s a lot for a hockey player to go through.
So that’s the reality of it.
I think the league is doing a good job of keeping this sport alive, Paed said.
The best thing for the league, and for the fans, is to continue to grow the game and the sport in general, and it’s definitely not going anywhere.