Either way, it's a victory for hockey fans all over the country and the internet.
In a memo intercepted and/or received by Deadspin, NBC plans to air the next USA men's hockey game live, over the air on its broadcast network. And by "live" I mean "live in all parts of the country so no one has to go into hiding to avoid finding out the results."
From: Nicholas, Anne (NBC Universal)
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 3:22 PM
Subject: This just in: Friday's USA Semifinal Hockey Game
To: GMs, Programming, News, Sales and Promotion
FRIDAY'S USA SEMIFINAL MEN'S HOCKEY GAME LIVE IN ALL TIME ZONES ON NBC
The USA semifinal men's hockey game against the winner of the Czech Republic vs. Finland will be broadcast live in all time zones on NBC this Friday at 3 p.m. ET.
NBC had aired previous USA men's hockey games on cable networks USA, CNBC and MSNBC which created some controversy and a large number of technical gaffes. That was until Wednesday, when the men's game against Switzerland aired on NBC across the country. However, that game was not broadcast live in all time zones. The game was broadcast live on NBC in the Eastern time zone but was seen on tape delay in the Pacific time zone at 3 p.m. local time. Naturally, since the game was being played in the Pacific time zone, that caused some confusion.
Now, when the American men take on the winner of Wednesday's Czech Republic-Finland matchup Friday at 3 p.m. ET, we'll all be able to see it without having to avoid sports Web sites, Twitter, Facebook and well, the internet itself. I think everyone needs to send a big "thank you" NBC's way as well as a "welcome to 2010." They had to be dragged into the modern world kicking and screaming, but yes, even the most stubborn of dinosaurs eventually caves to overwhelming public outrage.