Your 2020 Stanley Cup runner up, and Western Conference Champs; the Dallas Stars.
This same team will be getting four nationally televised games barring any flexes and a playoff berth.
This is also the same team that hosted the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl. There are certainly many takes on the Stars’ appearances on NBC Sports Network, and none on NBC. Let’s dig in.
It is refreshing to see Dallas go up from only one nationally televised game to four. Which includes a matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Who the Stars also played on NBC Sports during the regular season last year. The world of sports and sports media is always fluid. Flexes in TV schedule and games, in general, happen often through the year. Especially since this past week, six Dallas Stars players were diagnosed with COVID-19.
Never know. We could see the Stars jockeying for seeding, and NBC could schedule or flex the Stars playing the Lightning or anyone else in the Central division.
Most Stars fans are going to live in Texas and the southwest in general. So they’ll have more options to watch or listen. Fans outside of Texas and the southwest are not going to have as much access to watch the Stars. So out of market fans will probably be the most bummed about zero games being played on NBC, and not everybody gets NBCSN as part of their cable deal for those who have cable.
However, there are those who would rather the Stars not get on one of the NBC networks. Daryl Reaugh, Josh Bogorad, and Brent Severyn (who also won the Cup with the Stars in ’99) are fan favorites in broadcasting. Many fans would rather have this lineup as opposed to Mike Milbury, and Pierre McGuire over on NBCSN.
Being overlooked somehow, someway has always been, and always will be a reality for the team and its fans. It’s part of the nature of the beast. An ice hockey team playing in Texas.
Whether or not Dallas fans are happy with the lack of national attention is going to be up to each individual. NHL On Center Ice and the NHL app are other options for Stars fans to watch or listen to the games.
We can also be thankful that in this age of social media that we live in that there are many ways to keep up with our team.
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