Thursday, February 26, 2009

Every Game a Home Game? Not So Much.

I love NHL Center Ice, and I don't know what I would do without it. Having every Flyers game available living outside the Philly metro area is incredible.

But I'm seriously sick of having to deal with the opponents announcers night in and night out. The Kings announcers weren't bad last night, but the Penguins announcers last weekend were absolutely atrocious.

So why is the Flyers feed so rarely available? I have NO idea. It would make sense if it was available never, or always. The middle ground I don't get. So why is it that, especially when so many games offer both teams' feeds, Coatesy & Co. are constantly blacked out?

These aren't rhetorical questions, I'm looking for an answer here. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


Dan Goldstein said...

It has to do with how much the Flyers broadcast costs to Center Ice. It costs the second or third most, so they only show the Flyers broadcast when they play one of the more expensive teams.

I'd pay extra if I didn't have to listen to the Penguins announcers.

Jon said...

Agreed... or at least they could do a better job of syncing the radio broadcast to the video so there wasn't a minute delay.

Skeeter said...

I am feeling your pain as well. I absolutely can't stand the fact that the Flyers broadcasters are the ones announcing the game.

I think the league needs to do a better job of ensuring a balanced offering.

My thoughts would be to provide the home feed on all games and offer the away feed on occasion. This will provide the viewers of hearing every teams home announcer(s) and yet get the other teams feed on occasion. I can't stand listening to the Pens announcers. I was about ready to turn off the audio and just watch the game. Steigerwald's comments about Hartnell were completely out of line and shouldn't be tolerated. I could understand a player but not an announcer. That is just to amateurish in my opinion.

I would absolutely pay more to get the Flyers feed. In fact I would pay just not to ever hear the Penguins, Buffalo Banana Slugs, or Rangers feed.