Posts Tagged ‘Versus’

May 21st, 2010

On Versus Dumping Cycling Coverage in Favor of the NHL

My latest appearance doing the Sports TV News.

March 13th, 2010

Thumbs Up or Down: The Week in Sports Television

I’m a little late with this, but here’s the unedited version of my appearance yesterday on The TV News. Apparently, I was a little long-winded, so some of my comments wound up on the cutting room floor in the original version. In any case, here’s the original edit, restored in its full glory thanks to my benevolent director, Jeff Grimshaw.

And here are my show notes:

March 11th, 2010

Tomorrow on The TV News

I’ll be back on The TV News tomorrow to talk sports television, and here’s what I’ll be looking at:

Come back tomorrow afternoon for the video.

March 5th, 2010

Can Versus Take on SportsCenter?

In my latest appearance at The TV News, I talk about Versus and their latest foray into originally produced programming. They’ve calling it The Daily Line, and it’s going to debut on April 5 at 6:00 p.m. opposite SportsCenter.

October 13th, 2009

Hockey Fans Miss Another Great Game; DirecTV and Versus Fight On

The NHL has to be pleased that the Blackhawks authored such an epic comeback last night in Chicago, roaring back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Calgary Flames 6-5 in OT.  Unfortunately, just as was the case last week with Philadelphia’s exciting OT win over the Washington Capitals, a good chunk of the hockey-loving universe that has DirecTV was left out in the cold because the game was carried on Versus — and that includes thousands of local fans in the Chicago area who couldn’t see the game.

No matter how much money the league is getting from Versus, shutting out a good chunk of the country from seeing games like last night’s shootout in Chicago isn’t helping the league grow the game.  One more time: the NHL needs to work a little harder to get these parties back to the negotiating table.

October 6th, 2009

How DirecTV and Versus Are Hurting Hockey

Those of you who were able to watch the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the Washington Capitals 6-5 in overtime earlier this evening know that you were treated to one barn burner of a hockey game. When we look back at this season next Spring, there’s little doubt in my mind that tonight’s game will be considered one of the most exciting matches of the 2009-10 NHL regular season.

It’s just too bad that millions of NHL hockey fans in the U.S. — and potential fans for that matter — didn’t get a chance to see the game because it wasn’t carried by DirecTV.

Up until this point, the cost of the dispute between DirecTV and Versus wasn’t completely evident.  But the fact of the matter is that the NHL has structured its contract with the fledgling sports network to give it a series of marquee matchups over the course of the season in order to boost its ratings.  It’s a schedule that’s loaded with the league’s best teams and biggest stars, and the NHL has done its level best to make sure that — at least in the lower 48 — there aren’t any other games competing with the Versus schedule.

On opening night, when the Caps easily handled the Bruins in a 4-1 victory, it didn’t seem like we were missing much.  That’s over now, and the cost the game is paying for this ridiculous dispute has become all the clearer.

As much as the league might not want to step into a dispute between two of its broadcast partners, I don’t think it has much choice anymore.  They need to broker a deal, and they need to get it done sooner rather than later.

September 2nd, 2009

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

Over at On Frozen Blog, my friend Mike Rucki is annoyed over the whole Versus/DirecTV conflict, a feeling that’s been fueled by the less than impressive performance that the two companies have been turning in via Twitter.

As for me, I have to admit I’m a pretty happy DirecTV subscriber, and I mark the day I turned in my Comcast (the parent company of Versus) cable box as one of the happier days of my adult life.  But given that a total of seven Caps games are going to be on Versus this season, I’d hope that DirecTV would give serious consideration to coming to an agreement sooner rather than later.

Of course, this is money we’re talking about, so we shouldn’t expect this dispute to get resolved until a few minutes before the puck drops on the Versus NHL season premier on October 1.

September 1st, 2009

Versus Goes Dark on DirecTV

When I saw all the talk about Versus going dark on DirecTV earlier today, popped over to the schedule page to take a look at just what games I would potentially be missing.  As somebody who follows the Capitals, it’s pretty clear that I’ll be missing out on more than a few nights.

But what really caught my attention was the current poll the Versus folks were running on that same page:

versus poll

Anybody know the Webmaster over at Versus?