NBC Sports Network has some issues on more than just the ratings front. One of their biggest programming hits thus far is live hockey games, and they generally have done a pretty good job thus far with those broadcasts, but there was a notably questionable decision Sunday night on their coverage of the Montreal Canadiens - New Jersey Devils game. The Canadiens started with a moving pre-game tribute to former Montreal Expo Gary Carter, and that tribute was televised on Canadian networks CBC (English) and RDS (French). However, NBC Sports Network elected to instead show a pre-taped feature on one of the Devils, depriving American viewers of the chance to see the Habs' touching Carter tribute. Here it is for those who missed it:
The Canadiens' tribute is thoroughly terrific, coming in both French and English (English starts at 0:58) and complete with a slideshow of his career, a moment of silence, and the Montreal players all donning "#8 Carter" Canadiens' jerseys in honour of the man (which you can see from the Jumbotron shot above, from Montreal broadcaster Dave Kaufman). "The Kid" was a legend in Montreal (his importance to the Expos and the city has been eloquently described in The New York Times by Montreal broadcaster Mitch Melnick), as he was the team's first superstar brought up through their system and a key part of their rise to becoming a relevant contender in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He's still beloved in Montreal, as shown by the great tribute shows on that city's airwaves. It's perfectly appropriate for one team in a city to recognize the contributions of a legend who played in their city in another sport, and the crowd's reaction to the Carter tribute illustrates just how much the man meant to Montreal. CBC and RDS did very well to broadcast the tribute in its entirety thanks to its relevance to Canadian sports fans, but NBC Sports Network blew it with their decision not to show it.
Under normal circumstances, it isn't exactly unprecdented for the visiting broadcast network to ignore a ceremony by the home team. NBC Sports Network isn't a traditional "visiting network" as they're national in the U.S., but in a game pitting Canadian and American teams against each other, they're understandably more interested in features on "their" team. That's no controversy; CBC and RDS tend to do the same thing in reverse in games involving one Canadian and one American team. The problem here is that Carter was tremendously important to many American fans too, both from his time with the legendary late-1980s Mets and from his overall incredible career, and he's been honoured by many American teams, including the New York Knicks. The decision to ignore the Carter tribute in favour of pre-taped programming was somewhat tone-deaf. Fortunately, the magic of the Internet does allow you to catch up on things like this, but it shouldn't have been required to.
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away last week and will forever be remembered as one of the best to put on a chest protector and shin guards. The 11-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove Award winner, and 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner played 19 seasons and was a member of the 1986 World [...]
The Montreal Canadiens honored the memory of the late Gary Carter prior to Sunday's game against the New Jersey Devils.
The Canadiens came out for their pre-game warmup wearing jerseys with Carter's No. 8 on their backs. A video showed the Hall of Famer catcher during his days with the Montreal Expos - much to the pleasure of the crowd at the Bell Centre.
A moment of...
Here’s a video produced by the Montreal Canadiens to honor Gary Carter. It was played prior to tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
The memorial service to honor Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who died of brain cancer at 57 earlier this week, has been scheduled for Friday night in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The family’s website announced the service today, and...
Via Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest
February 19, 2012
I wanted to share some final thoughts before we put the final touches on the tribute to Gary Carter.
Doug Sisk, Carter’s teammate from 1985-1987, joined me during my show tonight to discuss his memories of “The Kid.”
Hear Doug talk about the impact of Carter on the Mets, their appearance together in a bubble gum blowing contest on “Good Morning America,” and a funny story...
A memorial service for family and friends of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter will be held Friday night. Carter died Thursday at 57. He was an 11-time All-Star, playing most of his career with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. The service will be held in Palm Beach Gardens. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to The Gary Carter Foundation.
Via New York Mets ? New York Post
February 21, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team will honor their late coach, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, by starting a game Tuesday night with only eight players in the field.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Division II squad will also wear a...
Via New York Mets ? New York Post
February 20, 2012
Gary Carter’s former teammates have spoken about what the Hall of Fame catcher meant to them since he died of brain cancer at 57 on Thursday and many more will likely be there on Friday, when Carter is remembered at a memorial service in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.A...
A Mets spokesman announced that a sizable contigent will attend Gary Carter’s funeral on Friday evening in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The group include Carter’s former teammates Wally Backman, Sid Fernandez, Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson, Roger McDowell, Bobby Ojeda, Darryl Strawberry, Rusty Staub, Tim Teufel and Mookie Wilson, plus current players Jon Niese, Bobby...
The baseball world lost a legend far too early when Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter passed away after a spirited battle with a brain tumor at the age of 57. "The Kid," nicknamed for his happy-go-lucky attitude as a young player, was the favorite of many inside the game for years. The numerous tributes to Carter in both Montreal and New York are proof of that. And while...
I always loved this day, when pitchers and catchers report. Actually, the first day of spring training has become blurred with players reporting earlier each spring. It seems the week after the Super Bowl is when players begin to trickle in. David Wright has been working out in PSL for over a week now.
This is the day when enthusiasm and optimism run high for the summer ahead...
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