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Are we a region or a state? Hint: We are NOT New England

October 29, 2010
Lake Placid News
Apologies to all the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Bruins fans in the area, but it’s time to voice discontent as to what the television networks deem as “regional coverage.”

It started during the baseball season when the NEW YORK Mets were playing the NEW YORK Yankees on the Saturday Game of the Week on FOX Sports. Here were two New York teams playing each other, and the game was not televised in the North Country — instead FOX aired a game between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.

This weekend, the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens aired at 1 p.m., but the game between the New York Jets and Denver Broncos that started at 4 p.m. did not air in the region because the New England game was pinned as the game for the region.

Even Buffalo Bills football fans get short-changed and are not able to watch their New York-based team.

Similar instances occur in hockey when the NHL Game of the Week on FOX airs the Boston Bruins over the New York Rangers.

According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, New England is defined as “the northeastern corner of the United States consisting of the six states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.”

New York is not listed. So, New York is not actually a New England state, but its residents are forced to watch New England-based teams.

Sports fans are passionate about their teams, and residents who live in New York state should be able to watch teams that represent their state on national television networks that are available on “basic cable.” They shouldn’t have to buy an expensive football package that includes coverage of every game in the National Football League.

Television networks use “regional coverage” to decide what games to televise — and according to a spokesperson at CBS Sports, that decision is determined by communicating with affiliate stations, in this case WCAX and FOX44 that are based in Burlington, Vt. It’s those affiliates that say what game — or team — is the best for the area, although the “main” network based in New York City OKs that decision.

The CBS representative also said that the New England teams were probably the best fit for the region because “we’re so far up there (north).” But it’s because the affiliate is based in New England and NOT New York.

Many of the fans of those aforementioned New England teams first came to watch and like their teams probably because they were the only games televised — the only game in town. It’s time for New York fans to be heard and change that trend.

If you’re a NEW YORK fan, and are unhappy that you have not been able to view the teams representing OUR state, it’s time to contact the networks to voice your

displeasure.

Here’s the regional affiliate contact information:

¯CBS affiliate WCAX-TV general manager: Call 802-652-6300 or e-mail pmartin@wcax.com; programming department, call 802-652-6444 or e-mail channel3@wcax.com

¯FOX44 programming: Call 802-660-9333, follow the prompts to programming and leave a message or e-mail programming@FOX44.net or e-mail the general manager at gm@fox44.net

Here’s contact information for the main offices of the networks:

¯CBS: LeslieAnne Wade, senior vice president, sports communications, call 212-975-5171 or e-mail

lwade@cbs.com

¯FOX: call 212-556-2500

When it comes to sports, we should be considered a state and not a region. So let’s do something about it. Like the song says: “It’s up to you, New York, New York!”
 
 

 

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