And The Winner Is.........
MONTREAL--Chalk up one for the home team.
RDS, despite fierce discussions over Friday and Saturday, managed to maintain it's right to put an on-ice broadcaster in the coveted spot between the benches for today's Game 4 between the Canadiens and Flyers.
RDS has "No. 1" position for the game and theoretically first dibs on pretty much everything. But the 3 p.m. start time was an NBC request - CBC figured it would lose about one million viewers compared to a nighttime game - and lobbied to have their analyst, Pierre Maguire, get the between-the-benches position.
NBC was actually third in the pecking order behind RDS and CBC. In the end, RDS analyst Joel Bouchard gets the prime position, while CBC's Glenn Healy and Maguire will be stationed at two other vantage points for the highly anticipated match.
So, Canadian insecurities aside, the American networks don't always dictate the show.