Coming Sunday: Happy “Hockey Day in America,’’ America!
It’s the day on which NBC celebrates the facts that the NBA safely is out of the way in prime time and that hockey and Daytona 500 fans usually aren’t the same people.
Executive producer Sam Flood said he borrowed the idea from the CBC when he was in Vancouver for the Olympics last year.
Flyers-Rangers will be one of three regional games, followed by national coverage of the Penguins and Blackhawks, then the outdoor “Heritage Classic’’ between the Canadiens and Flames on Versus.
NBC and Versus are working together on the day’s events, the first major partnership since becoming corporate siblings last month.
Moving forward, the big question is whether the coincidence that Comcast owns both the NHL’s U.S. TV partners enhances the likelihood of the league remaining on those channels after this season.
Assuming the prices are right, it should. Both have done right by the league post-lockout.