The NHL and NHLPA have come to a tentative agreement on a return to play as well as a new CBA. Only took a global pandemic for the two sides to find labor peace for several years. The return to play should be met with a ton of excitement for die hard fans, casual fans, and new fans alike. Live sports are coming back, and hopefully soon. It’s been 118 days since sports were cancelled on March 12. And when the NHL finally drops the puck on August first it’ll have been 142 days since we last saw live NHL action. Plus that action starts off with six games a day. Six games a day? Absolutely electric.
One giant flaw, maybe not for a lot of teams but certainly for the Colorado Avalanche, the play in round and round robin games will be played on local sports stations. Yes some will be on NBCSN, but that’s still being worked out.
The NHL is still working on U.S. broadcast plans for its 24-team postseason restart. The qualification and round-robin games will be shown locally on regional sports networks. Discussions are ongoing this week about how many of those games will be shown nationally on NBCSN. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Oilers Nation that the daily schedule will be “very much like the Olympic tournament, with three games a day and start times will be 12 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.” locally. Greg Wyshynski, ESPN
The Colorado Avalanche games are broadcasted on Altitude Sports. Back when the world was a bit simpler in August of 2019 Altitude was pulled from both Comcast and DirecTV due to contracts expiring. Meaning Avalanche fans couldn’t watch one of the best teams in hockey for the beginning of the year. After two months of disputing DirecTV and Altitude came to an agreement in November to continue carrying the sports station and Avalanche fans that have DirecTV only missed the first month of games. Comcast and Altitude still have not come to an agreement. So Avalanche fans that had and still have Comcast couldn’t watch a single game this season and might miss out on the Summer Playoffs as well if some Avalanche games aren’t broadcasted on NBCSN. Missing out on watching the first month of games due to a meaningless dispute in a year cut short is such a sad scenario. Especially when you think of the money everyone involved in the deal making process could have made during that time, and when the playoffs start. Sure no one knew the season was going to be cut short in August of 2019 but in hindsight it seems like a silly disagreement.