You make the call!
On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills reportedly named Syracuse University Coach Doug Marrone as the National Football League team’s new coach.
And the National Hockey League made a deal that ended the lockout of the players, which means the Buffalo Sabres will be playing shortly.
Which do you think is the most important story to lead a local newscast?
Channel 7 led its 6 p.m. newscast with the Bills story.
Channel 2 led its 6 p.m. newscast with the Sabres story after mentioning both stories.
(If you are wondering about Channel 4, I didn’t see its 6 p.m. newscast because it was carrying the end of a college basketball game and I didn’t bother to switch over to WNLO-TV to see if the news was carried there.)
I think Channel 7 made the right call. I don’t think it was a close call because by any measure – the difference in the importance of the leagues, TV ratings and attendance primarily – the Bills are the much bigger deal in Western New York.
However, you do wonder if the station’s associations with the different leagues had something to do with their decisions.
Channel 2 is an NBC affiliate and NBC and its cable sports network have a TV contract with the NHL.
Channel 7 carries Bills preseason games and has called itself the local Bills station.
What’s your call?