Versus’ “Heidi Game”

heidi_game_19681It’s one of those decisions that leaves you shaking your head.  Or in my case, lunging for my web browser.

The brainiacs at Versus decided that the first 12 minutes of a hockey game were worth truncating the finish of Stage 3 of the Tour of California (a race they have been promoting heavily).  Race coverage of two hours that got cut off.  Cycling in America finally has it’s own Heidi Game.  If they pulled that crap in Europe, villagers with pitchforks would be storming their headquarters.

To add to the suckitude, the Versus website was useless.  Someone tell me where the link to the live video was?  Fortunately I was able to easily view the live video at the Tour’s own site.

Kudos to the Thunder God for a strong sprint victory, but the memory of this fiasco will stay with fans for a long time.  It’s a fine line when your network relies on niche sports for the majority of its content.  The fans tend to be more hardcore than casual, and can be angered easier.


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