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*grumble*grumble*grumble* - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
*grumble*grumble*grumble*
How much longer is Law and Order going to be interrupted by basketball games? I thought they were almost done, but it looks like there are just as many teams playing this week as last.

Bleargh.

I don't mind sports as a concept and can sort of enjoy them if I tune in for them when they're scheduled, but all this pre-empting of things that I actually enjoy in their favor has always made me poorly disposed toward them. I used to like a lot of shows on Sunday nights when I was a kid (raise your hand if you remember Voyagers!), and it was always football that would still be on when I tuned in for them, and they'd inevitably get cut into bits for the sake of football, and I resented football above all other things because of it. Not the way to gain new fans. I mean, if you're going to buy the rights to something, why not allow for the time it takes in your schedule, rather than promising something else only to have people tune in when they think they're safe and be disappointed? (Of course, this doesn't apply to the current problem, as TNT has duly blocked out time for the endless basketball games, but jeez, how much longer are they going to go on? It seems like it's been a month already!)

I feel a bit...: irritated irritated

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ashtur From: ashtur Date: May 10th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Um... hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but there's alot to go... what just finished was the first round of four... so now they are down to 8 teams, and they play best of 7 series, and so forth.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
:weeps inconsolably:
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could switch TVs. But it's the network decision to pre-empt Law and Order reruns, just because it's finals of something being played in real time.

I'm basically grousing because I dislike changing my routine. ;)
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
See, I had my hopes up when March ended that we were done with basketball-related interruptions for the year. Basketball has to have the longest season going. It's like... always on.

I have nothing against sports being on, but if it's going to be on cable anyway, why not put it on a sports channel instead of TNT?
ashtur From: ashtur Date: May 10th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
It is... it's on 3 networks... TNT, TBS and ESPN.

I *think* but I'm not sure that as it gets closer to the end, it will be on ESPN more than anything. And the finals will be on network TV, so as time goes on, TNT will be less and less interrupted.

That said, I can't stand basketball, I'd rather watch baseball.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm more of an original series girl; SVU doesn't do much for me. (What can I say, I'm picky.) Besides, SVU only runs for an hour. TNT runs L&O for, like, five or six hours straight.

Just doing the grousing thing.
stella_by_moor From: stella_by_moor Date: May 10th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, my team is already out of the running (*weeps as well*), but the rest of the post-season will continue into June.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
June? JUNE?????

AAAAAAAAAAAAH!

I like to have L&O on while I write in the evening. It's calming with all the little dum-DUMs. Basketball is not calming. I've resorted to turning on the radio channels way up the dial and listening to '80s hits, but I hate it when the schedule changes. I have a habit, dammit, and it makes me all jumpy when I have to change it. ;)
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: May 10th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Devil's Advocate

OK -- First let me say that I find professional basketball on television to be so completely beyond my area of interest that I am constantly shocked that something I dislike so much can be aired on the same station as shows that I like quite a lot (Law and Order being among the top of that list).

The thing is, there is just more money in sports than in syndicated TV (for some odd reason). Plus, broadcasters learned their lesson after "The Heidi Game" of 1968. Never NEVER cut from a sporting event running long to a regularly scheduled program. If you don't know the story, here's the short version: "NBC was broadcasting a football game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. The game was running late and would interfere with the broadcast of the movie "Heidi". The network heads felt with the Jets leading 32-29 with 65 seconds left, why disappoint the kiddies. So they pre-empted the rest of the game to start
the movie. Oakland won 43-32 in a miracle comeback. In the nationwide firestorm of complaints that followed the network had to apologize frequently. To this day on television no matter how dull a football game is, it is seen to it's completion."

If you have a DVD player, I suggest joining Netflix and renting Law and Order from them. If not, just tape it during the off season and stick in a tape every evening.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 10th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Devil's Advocate

I seem to recall hearing about that. If it had been the occasional game that went OT, I'd understand it, but when you're in a sport whose games habitually run three hours, why only schedule two? Why not just start the game earlier, so it's out of the way? schedule the movie to start later, and if there's extra time, run a re-run of some favorite owned property (a sitcom on the network or whatnot) or a nice, lenthened postgame show?
From: psalm_27 Date: May 11th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
raise your hand if you remember Voyagers!

I loved this show. I so wanted to time travel with Phineas Bogg. I was devasted when Jon-Erik Hexum died.
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