Sun Sports to air Cup final opener
Tonight's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final will be seen in the Tampa Bay area after all. Sun Sports, which televises Lightning games, agreed to pick up NBC's feed for the opening game of the series between the Red Wings and Penguins.
The telecast will begin at 8 p.m. DirecTV customers can find it on Ch. 656. The Dish Network will show it on Ch. 451.
NBC is showing the game nationally, but the local affiliate, WFLA-Ch. 8, could not do so because it is broadcasting the All Children's Hospital telethon from 8:30 tonight to 6:30 Sunday night.
Lightning officials, in conjunction with the NHL, contacted Sun Sports and helped negotiate the deal.
Sunday night's Game 2 will be seen on Ch. 8.
Tom Jones, Times Staff Writer