NBC has announced that, as part of its Kentucky Derby coverage, it will be televising a red carpet-type event involving the rich-and-famous attending the race. From what I understand, it’s supposed to be like that awful thing Fox did with Ryan Seacrest at the Super Bowl.
Frankly, I don’t care. I won’t be watching the Kentucky Derby. I will, however, be watching the NHL Stanley Cup playoff game that will be airing on NBC prior to the Derby coverage.
This schedule should disturb hockey fans greatly because, if you remember correctly, the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres were involved in a fantastic playoff game last year that went into overtime. Unfortunately NBC didn’t care about that overtime game and cut away to cover two hours of Preakness pregame.
That’s right, NBC didn’t dump the game for the actual race, they dumped it for the pregame of the race. So just imagine what they will do if a playoff game goes into overtime and the time for the red carpet show comes along.
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Then again, I’m usually alone on this whole watching the actual game thing anyway. Everyone I know cares more about the pregame events than the actual game. So I guess I should just stop being difficult and go with the crowd. Even if it means having to endure Ryan Seacrest wannabes instead of actual sporting events. -- John Royal