Did Sports Network Tip Off Pittsburgh Penguins?

So the Washington Capitals allowed the CBC access to their locker room prior to the game on Wednesday night. That isn’t newsworthy. Teams do it all the time, the CBC uses it as a lead in to a lot of games, shots and sounds of the guys getting dressed before a game. It’s the type of work that separates the CBC from others when it comes to hockey. CBC has blown that privilege by virtue of being at best careless and at worst just plain stupid with respect to the Washington Capitals.

The other night in Pittsburgh the Capitals granted the CBC cameras entry to the locker room. The cameras focused on Alexander Ovechkin getting ready. Then the camera focused and froze on the “chalkboard” which showed the Capitals “keys to the game” as written by the coaching staff. It wasn’t enough to just show these “keys” in the piece, they then went back to the studio and had Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey anyalize those “keys”. Oddly enough the Capitals were less then pleased with this coverage:

“”They, of all people, should know better,” McPhee said yesterday at the team’s downtown hotel where the Caps were given the day off in preparation for tonight’s fourth game in the best-of-seven series here at Mellon Arena. “They shouldn’t have done it. They’ve been talked to.” “They overstepped their bounds,” Caps spokesman Nate Ewell said. “They basically game-planned for the Penguins. It was ridiculous.”

In my opinion, mistake happen. The mistake was showing it the first time. Apparently it wasn’t a regular CBC cameraman. So that stuff happens. The cameraman goofed. Then the guys in the truck goofed by airing it. Again, that happens. What doesn’t just happen is the last part. Showing it and analyizing it in the studio is an overt act. That is beyone careless, it’s plain stupid.

“HNIC’s executive producer, Sherali Najak, acknowledged that the shots never should have made it to air, but that there was no “malicious intent” by the broadcaster. The board appeared behind Caps star Alex Ovechkin in footage shot by a CBC cameraman. U.S. network Versus had access to the feed and also aired it. ”

I don’t think anyone thinks that the sports network wanted to be malicious. They were careless and stupid and as a result they cost their audience a very cool feature that differentiated them from the pack. It’s too bad.


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