directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: National picture a little clearer for Jackets

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

National picture a little clearer for Jackets

Excluding the playoffs here was how much we saw the Columbus Blue Jackets on national television in the US last year:

Your probably sayin... LTL.... this time you've completely lost it. The Jackets had one appearance on Versus last season against the Blues.

At the start of last season that statement would have been correct... until the network ditched the game.

Well the good news is that this year the Jackets get two chances for Versus to ditch them:

Once on Tuesday December 1st @ Chicago.


Once on Monday December 28th vs. Detroit.

The better news is that these two games are part of the 7 games that won't be televised by FSN Ohio -- now we know why.

The Chicago game could be dumped similar to St. Louis but the Detroit game is an exclusive night for Versus and the probability of that game being dropped is low. It's also at home so Jacket fans need to represent at this one.

If everything plays out as scheduled 77 of the Jackets 82 games will get air time locally (if you have Center Ice you should get them all assuming they lift the blackouts).

Due to NBC's flex schedule the Jackets still have a shot to get on NBC with their game scheduled Saturday, Januray 16th at 2:00 PM EST against the Hawks.

The Jackets actually get more love north of the border as between RDS, RIS, TSN and TSN2 they will be aired 4 times.

Of course it could be worse as Carolina, Anaheim and Atlanta don't get any air time in the US. Phoenix, Florida, LA and Nashville will only make 1 appearance on Versus a piece. Of course the usual suspects in Pittsburgh, Detroit, NYR and Philly make multiple appearances.

Not the best but a step forward from last year.


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