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Why is it that only games 1,2,5,6 & 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals are on NBC while games 3 & 4 are relegated to NBC Sports?

I was wanting to watch the game tonight (6/9) and Wednesday (6/11) but I don't have cable. I seems weird that the 2 home games in NY would be put on a channel that most people don't get or don't know they have.

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Since 1995, the Stanley Cup Finals have had two or three games broadcast on a cable channel and the rest of the games shown on a broadcast network. Before 1995, almost all finals games (going back to 1981) were on cable channels. –  Ben Miller Jun 9 '14 at 20:51
@BenMiller I didn't realize that. Thanks! –  user3377 Jun 9 '14 at 20:55
@BenMiller Can you make your comment an answer? –  Joe Sep 25 '14 at 14:34
@Joe It's really not an answer to the question. I showed that the current situation has been in place for a long time, but have not explained why. –  Ben Miller Sep 25 '14 at 14:39
"Because it's always been done that way" is a perfectly good reason for something - and often the only reason. –  Joe Sep 25 '14 at 14:41

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