Comcast-owned channel Versus televises two games of series
The Flyers hit the ice for the first game of the Stanley Cup Saturday. To watch the game fans will need only switch on network TV. But watching other games in the Series will prove more difficult.
To watch games three and four of the Stanley Cup finals Flyers fans will have to tune into the sports cable station “Versus” – which normally features events from bull riding to mixed martial arts. It’s owned by Comcast.
Versus President Jamie Davis: “We’re in the fifth year of our contract with the NHL and in this contract we do broadcast two of the games in the Stanley Cup finals and just because Philadelphia happened to make the Stanley Cup Finals this year it’s all by coincidence…There’s no connection to us broadcasting these games and the fact that it happens to be Philadelphia-based Comcast and actually a team that happens to be owned by Comcast Spectacor as well.”
In June 2008, Versus moved its operations from Connecticut, to Comcast’s headquarters in Philadelphia.