Originally Posted by SteelCityMom
No the marathon has nothing to do with it. It's just NBC. They did it last year and the year before too. CBC even offered to allow the Pens to use their broadcast last year for the games they weren't allowed to show and NBC wouldn't even allow that.
It all comes down to ratings, I'm guessing. Buffalo = not a huge ratings draw, so NBC doesn't really care if 2,000 people show up to watch a game on the big screen. Pittsburgh = huge ratings, so they want to make sure they get as many people as they can so they can sell more ads.
Or they can just be a bunch of tightwads...