"It was a contractual situation with the Preakness," a source said.

A source close to the National Hockey League Saturday called the decision to prematurely end the telecast "disappointing," but said the network's contract with the league allowed it to pull out after three hours. EDT.

NBC's move will be seen as an embarrassment to the NHL. Networks, as a rule, do not leave a live sports telecast until it's over. In 1968, NBC was widely criticized for dropping an Oakland Raiders New York Jets game in its final minutes to air the movie Heidi.

At the end of the third period, host Bill Clement told viewers that NBC would not be airing the overtime time period. He informed them that it would be carried on Versus, the NHL's cable rights holder in the Men Canada Goose Manitoba Jacket Navy New Zealand United States.

Two NBC affiliates, one in Buffalo and the other in Western New York, did stay with the Ottawa Buffalo overtime period.

´╗┐American viewers kept in the dark

The NHL has little influence in these sorts of decisions. network. Instead, it settled for a profit sharing arrangement with NBC. event such as the Preakness.

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NBC pulled the plug on coverage of the overtime period between the Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, denying viewers in most of the United States the conclusion the Eastern Conference final's Game 5.