ESPN has owned the rights to many NCAA National Championships, including the Frozen Four for many years. In the fall, it was announced that ESPN would boost its coverage of the NCAA Men’s Hockey Championships. The network announced that it would send quite possibly the biggest beauty in the hockey community, Barry Melrose, and ESPN college hockey front man John Buccigross to call regional games and the Frozen Four from Pittsburgh. All sounded good.
The network stated that the semifinals would be broadcast on ESPN2 at the bare minimum. Great. The National Championship Game would be broadcast live on ESPN and would be a centerpiece. Amazing. Finally ESPN is showing some initiative with its hockey coverage. This morning, I turned on my TV to watch SportsCenter.
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Last night, Minnesota, No. 1 in the Midwest region and No. 2 in the nation, lost nine seconds in OT to Yale. To put this in perspective, imagine Indiana losing on a last second shot...