Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket Backpedals on Rinkside View
November 14, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Watch out! If Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket (FSW/PT) executives backpedal any faster, they could run someone over while breaking the world land speed record.
Indeed, in response to the tremendous outcry and what appears to be pressure from the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, FSW/PT executives Tom Feuer and Steve Simpson were in serious damage control mode on Wednesday and Thursday, stating that they will be “fixing” the rinkside view broadcasts, starting with the Kings vs. Ducks high definition telecast on Sunday, November 16.
In stories by the Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, Feuer and Simpson spoke of the changes viewers can look forward to starting on Sunday. Kudos to FSW/PT execs for finally listening to the fans (and probably Kings and Ducks management). However, it is doubtful such changes would have come about sooner without the media coverage, which clearly put them on the defensive. Indeed, their reaction to the media attention showed that they totally misjudged and, until this week, ignored the reaction of the fans. It also shined a bright light on their arrogance, as Feuer’s comment telling fans who don’t like rinkside view “…don’t watch” exemplified.
Here’s a wrap-up of the stories where you can read all the details:
- Coming Friday: This Not-So-Rinky-Dink “Rinkside” Flap
- The Media Learning Curve: More on “Rinkside,” ManRam, Hazel Mae, MMA and Closeted Fiction
- MEDIA: Trying To Fix The Stink of FSN’s “Rinkside”
- Fox Sports Promises That Rinkside View Will Be Smoother, Slower
- Ducks, Kings Offer Views On Rinkside View
- FSN To Tweak “Rinkside” After Fans Speak Out
- More Morning Skate: A Rinkside View Fans Don’t Like
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