Canada and U.S. do battle on MSNBC

Olympic Hockey, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, MSNBC; not usually the list you’d expect to see, yet on Sunday night that’s exactly what hockey fans will get.

In a decision by NBC, the most anticipated game of the men’s hockey preliminary round between Canada and the United States will be shown on the network of liberal politics, MSNBC.

NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Vice President Christopher McCloskey said the decision was based on the fact that the entire game could be seen on MSNBC, whereas NBC would be switching back and forth between sports.

“The incorporation of cable platforms into Olympic programming allows for the avid sports fan to watch games the way they are used to watching them–with long form coverage,” McCloskey said.

Dan Stern, a Hagerstown, MD sports bar owner, said he has shown every men’s hockey game no matter what channel they are on and says his patrons know what channel the games are on.

“I have people come in to my bar and tell me to turn on CNBC and I kinda look at them funny until I realize that’s where the hockey game is being shown,” said Stern.  I’ve had more news channels on in the past few weeks than I’ve had on in the past year.  People don’t care what channel the game is on, they just want to see it.”

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