After getting pretty geeked up by the start of Rookie Camp yesterday and realizing that the first preseason game is a week from tonight, as a faithful Avs fan, I promptly logged on to the Avs website and that of the wholly owned KSE subsidiary, Altitude Sports and Entertainment.
Imagine my excitement as I learned that I will have the opportunity next Thursday evening to view the drama, the excitement that is... High School Football? Huh? On the following night though, as the Avs faceoff against the Blues, I'll be able to watch... CFL Football?
If you're going to go to the bother of buying a) an NHL franchise, which, thanks to the acumen of league leadership, has a TV contract with some guy in his childhood treehouse reaching all of four square blocks (oh wait, that's your radio coverage, sorry) and b) starting a whole cable TV network to carry primarily the games of said NHL franchise and that of your NBA teams as well, do you think that you might want to, you know, show the *(#$(*@#$&(*@#$ games?
I realize that this is the preseason, but do you perhaps take a page from sports leagues that are actually, well, profitable and show the games on TV? Are you applying blackout to the preseason in some lamebrained attempt to force people to the Can and pay your (almost) NHL-worst ticket prices? Do you really believe that High School / CFL Football will draw better ratings? Really? I mean, Seriously?
At first I thought that this might be a result of the NHL brain trust prohibiting television coverage of pre-season games for fear of, you know, success, but that definitely isn't the case.
So, in summary, all I can say, is