Playoff Hockey Forced Off Air for April Baseball

Comcast SportsNet, Dish Network, and the Oakland Athletics’ hitters all conspired to express their true feelings about hockey to San Jose Sharks fans on Wednesday night. John Ryan of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS covered the confusing events with aplomb.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area cares

First, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area couldn’t find room for both the A’s-Blue Jays game and the Sharks-Flames Game 1 tilt on their two channels when the A’s made a late comeback, so they ignored the first three goals of the hockey game in the first six minutes.

Dish Network users fared worse: due to either “technical difficulties” or petty in-fighting between corporations about rights fees, they didn’t see any of the first period. And you wonder why hockey is developing a complex…
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Madden, Barkley Suing Over Caliendo Dish Net Ad

We’ve known for some time that John Madden despises Frank Caliendo’s ape-job of him. We also knew that Charles Barkley wasn’t too happy with Caliendo’s impersonation of him, which started on the TNT set earlier this NBA season.

CABLEFAX DAILY has a report today that cements the idea that both men disdain Caliendo’s parodies, as “Madden and Barkley reps ‘have threatened imminent legal action’” over Dish Network commercials featuring Caliendo doing impressions of the well-fatted duo.

Dish Network though isn’t backing down (obviously, Frank TV fans - who isn’t?).

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