Second-round NHL games could be televised on secondary networks

With NHL doubleheaders, national networks most nights "push opening faceoffs of the nightcaps to secondary channels when earlier-starting contests run long," and this "could happen again on the networks (ESPN and TNT) that will be televising the second round," according to Dan Caesar of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. TNT’s plan is for earlier-starting games to remain “on the lead channel,” with the later contest bumped to TruTV. An ESPN spokesperson indicated that network’s policy for overlaps “has not been finalized,” depending on the availability of in-flux schedule on ESPN2. It is “worth nothing” that it had utilized ESPNU in the first round, and "might do so again." In past seasons when games were going simultaneously, NBCSN would accommodate fans “in the markets of the teams” that were playing in the nightcap by "moving the first contest to a secondary channel and starting the local club on the main network." But that “won’t be happening now, at least in some instances." And with no local version of the telecasts airing after the first round, fans in markets such as St. Louis will be “left scrambling” to find where those later-starting games are shown at the beginning before they “move to the ‘main’ channel” after the lead-in contest ends (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/13).

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