As of late Thursday, it looked like Tampa Bay area hockey fans would not be able to watch Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.
Saturday's game between the Red Wings and Penguins is being shown nationally at 8 p.m. on NBC, but Ch. 8, the local NBC affiliate, will not carry it because of its 26th annual All Children's Hospital telethon, which runs from 8:30 Saturday night until 6:30 Sunday night.
The only hope for area fans was that the NHL would farm out the broadcast rights to another local station, but no deals had been struck.
This happened last season, too. Game 3 of the Cup final was preempted because of the telethon. Bright House Networks showed the game on what was then called Catch 47 (now Bright House Sports Network), but non-Bright House subscribers did not see it.
NBC's taped coverage of the French Open on Sunday afternoon also will not be seen locally because of the telethon.
Game 2 is Sunday night and will be on Ch. 8, though a start time hadn't been set.