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NHL Center Ice 2010-11

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by stoutman, Jul 10, 2010.

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  1. Aug 19, 2010 #201 of 2914
    pappy97

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    You are mistaken buddy. The West puts up more points in spite of the fact that many West conf teams have horrendous travel schedules (Especially the likes of Edmonton and Dallas, Dallas especially who plays in a div where no other team plays in the same time zone as them, and in fact hjave a 2 hr difference). Most leastern conference (Except the Southleastern conf of course) teams have cake travel schedules, like the NYC area teams who regularly bus to play many division rivals and or take very short flights for many divisonal opps. Western conf has two teams in the Eastern Time zone, but the Eastern Conf has zero teams even in the Central time zone, let alone mountain/pacific. Thus nobody in the leastern conf makes conferernce game trips as long as LA's twice a year journey to Columbus, for example.


    Even with all of that, it took 95 points to be an 8 seed in the West. Objectively even that Flyers fan there probably would have been scared to see 6 or 7 of the 8 West conf playoff teams in the Stanley Cup Final, not just Chicago. Hell all the talk was CHI/SJ was really the SC final, kind of like the 49ers/Cowboys NFC title games in the 90's and the Colts/Pats AFC title games in the 00's. Get over your bias and look at the league objectively.
     
  2. Aug 19, 2010 #202 of 2914
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    I don't know why people always argue about the Networks favoring big Market teams. In baseball, you hear, the Yankees and Red Sox, in hockey, you hear the penguin, capitals, and devils. Sure, being a hockey fan and baseball fan I would love to see more diverse coverage of these sports. But the fact of the matter is, these are the teams that draw the best ratings. Are the teams in the West any less talented? No, probably not. (depending on which team and when) It is just simple economics for the networks. The networks are in it for the money, plain and simple. And while I wish they would give other teams fair coverage, I know it isn't going to happen.
     
  3. Aug 19, 2010 #203 of 2914
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    As a Devil fan, I have to think maybe you meant the Rangers here as the Devils are far from the league's favorite team (just look at the Kovalchuk ruling) and I don't believe they have ever been featured on an NBC Game of the Week. I can only recall one Devil game ever being on NBC since NBC reclaimed hockey, and I believe that was a playoff game where their game was the only game that day.
     
  4. Aug 19, 2010 #204 of 2914
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    I stand corrected. My point still stands though, the teams the networks show nationally are picked for ratings, not to appease the hardcore fans. Which I think makes sense. I don't like it, it just makes sense. For some reason though, I always see people making comments about how networks should show more small market teams. To me, that doesn't make sense. Again, I would like if they did, but why would they?
     
  5. Aug 19, 2010 #205 of 2914
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    I totally agree with you and small market teams just won't be seen nationally. It's not just the NHL, it happens in every sport. In the NBA you can count on the Lakers, Heat, Celtics being on all the time on their national telecasts and teams like Toronto the bare minimum. In MLB, pretty much every Red Sox/Yankees game is on national television between Fox, TBS and ESPN. Check the ratings for the Stanley Cup Finals between Ottawa/Anaheim and Carolina/Edmonton and the last few years and that will tell you all you need to know about why you won't see small market teams.
     
  6. Aug 19, 2010 #206 of 2914
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    the only real downside to it is if the nhl is trying to gain new exposure and new fans, then showing the same guy every sunday isnt really helpful (i dont think) there could be a dozen games on, some of which may be very entertaining and heated rivalries...but if crosby is playing the portuguese inline roller hockey team, that will be on nbc.
     
  7. Aug 20, 2010 #207 of 2914
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    I believe that the casual fan reacts just the opposite way. They want to see the same guy, because they have grown familiar with him. Kind of like music, a true fan of music likes to hear new music that they never have heard before. Whereas, alot of people just like what they are familiar with. I think the same can be said for sports, to a certain extent. Me personally, I would rather watch 2 good teams rather than 2 popular teams, but sadly, I don't think that is the casual fans opinion.

    Anybody been charged yet for Center Ice, or found out if the rumored $171 is the early bird price?
     
  8. Aug 20, 2010 #208 of 2914
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    We usually don't get charged our first payment until the September bill.
     
  9. Aug 20, 2010 #209 of 2914
    crimpshrine

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    With Dish I could pay in full and with a different credit card number then what was on file for my monthly bill. Can you do this with Direct instead of adding the price to your monthly Directv bill? Thanks..
     
  10. Aug 20, 2010 #210 of 2914
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    Just call and pay with the CC of your choice.
     
  11. Aug 20, 2010 #211 of 2914
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    Its not a rumor, as I posted earlier in this thread, my statement already showed the early bird pricing that I will be charged:
     
  12. Aug 20, 2010 #212 of 2914
    loudo

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    My online statement still shows $0.00.
     
  13. Aug 20, 2010 #213 of 2914
    RACJ2

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    Mine does too, but that info was disclosed on my bill. Did you read all the info on your bill? The first payment is going to be on my September bill. Here is all the info on my August bill:

     
  14. Aug 20, 2010 #214 of 2914
    CBMC

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    I get paperless billing, so I don't always look real closely at my bill. But I went back and, in fact, it does say:

    IMPORTANT RENEWAL NOTICE: You are all set to enjoy another exciting year of NHL® CENTER ICE®. We are renewing you at the lowest price of 4 payments of $42.95/month. The first charge will appear on an upcoming bill. Seasonal sports packages are not refundable after the season starts.
     
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    RACJ2

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    I'm paperless too, but always review my bill online and read everything on it. Thanks for confirming.
     
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    loudo

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    I am strictly on line, no paper bill, but noting on my last bill dated 7/29. My end of August bill may have it though.
     
  17. Aug 21, 2010 #217 of 2914
    crimpshrine

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    Can you do this online also? I thought if you call in and order they charge you some type of fee?
     
  18. Aug 21, 2010 #218 of 2914
    CBMC

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    I imagine once it goes on your account you could chose to submit a one time payment with whatever credit card you wish. (but I don't know how that would work since the autopay divides it into 4 payments) That being said, there is no way that they should charge you any type of fee for paying on the phone with the credit card you wish.
     
  19. Aug 21, 2010 #219 of 2914
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    That's probably why you haven't seen it. It was on my 8/9 statement.
     
  20. Aug 21, 2010 #220 of 2914
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    Yes you can call in and use a CC for free. The only time there is a charge is if you need to speak with a CSR regarding your payment. I just did this last month when I couldn't get the online bill pay system to work. Called in, gave punched my numbers in the phone and paid the bill. No CSR and no charge.
     
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