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09-24-2012, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by brian_griffin View Post
I watched the Sabres in '75-76, and recall both this particular game, and their roster that season.

My thoughts re: anthem ommission are two-fold:

1) Broadcast agreement was 2.5 hours. If you look at the elapsed time, and add time for commercials, (16 minutes per hour is the USA norm, although this seems like a CBC broadcast, or certainly a non-Sabres TV broadcast), you get 2.5 hrs.

2) Broadcast contract (either the broadcaster, or the Challenge Series) stipulated 2 anthems, one each for the host countries.

It's clear from the introduction before the anthems the Sabres organization did not "make a mistake" by omitting the Canadian anthem - some higher obligation prevailed.

Obviously that was the case - but it never happened again.

The Sabres need the 'Niagara Township' to survive and with the dollar more or less at par now it is smooth sailing.

Buffalo's biggest headache is getting games on TV on the Ontario side. The old EMPIRE network was given a waiver by the CRTC to beam games into Ontario but MSG has been denied.

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