Tube time freezes out fans

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

CALGARY -- If you don't understand something in sport, the correct answer is usually TV.

Why in the world is the East semifinal today between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Montreal Alouettes at 1 p.m. MST indoors and the West semi outdoors at 4 p.m.?

"Television,'' said Eskimos CEO Rick LeLacheur.

What TV wants, TV gets.

And the CBC wanted the East game at 3 p.m. Eastern and the West game at 6 p.m.

"It sure doesn't help putting bums in the seats,'' said LeLacheur of the games, which aren't blacked out.

Calgary senior VP and head coach Tom Higgins said "my personal opinion is that we should be playing at 1 p.m.

"But if they say 12 midnight, we'll play.''

With about 25,000 tickets sold, Calgary could have more than 8,000 empty seats.

With the possibility of snow, wind and cold moving in by game time, there may even be more empty seats due to the no-show factor.


Videos

Photos