67's road show a no go for viewers

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Look on the bright side, 67's fans.

At least nobody sitting at home in Sudbury last night saw the OHL playoff game between the Wolves and Barber Poles, either.

There's one simple reason why the first two games of the Wolves-67's playoff series were a radio-only event.

Nobody's televising them.

Not Persona Communications, the ruler of the cable roost in the Nickel City. And not Rogers Television here in Ottawa, which had nowhere to turn to get feed from the games.

But Rogers station manager Ray Skaff isn't giving up on the prospect of giving 67's fans a look at Games 5 and 7 from Sudbury, if they're necessary.

"We're been very creative in seeing if there's anything we can do about any possible away game coverage," he said. "We haven't given up, and we're dedicated to bringing as many games to the fans as possible."

SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK (PART 2): Every year, Jim Nantz spends the first Monday night in April calling the NCAA Final Four title game alongside Billy Packer. The next day, he's eating lunch at Augusta National, the fabled home of The Masters. And don't think for a moment CBS Sports' No. 1 voice doesn't appreciate the magnitude of it all. "I think about this week all year long," Nantz said Monday from St. Louis before calling North Carolina's thrilling hoops victory over Illinois at the Edward Jones Dome. "Even though it's the 20th go-round of making the jump from the (NCAA basketball) championship game to the Masters, I'm still blown away that I get this opportunity. I'm grateful. I think as I get older, I appreciate it even more. I never take it for granted."

PUCK DROPPINGS: TSN's Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire should be getting primed for the Stanley Cup playoffs (which would be starting Wednesday if all was right with the world). Instead, they're over in Sweden, trying to make a string of Team Canada blowouts sound exciting at the world women's hockey championship. At least there's tomorrow's (inevitable) Canada-U.S. final to look forward to ... Ratings from the women's tourney have been decent, with two games drawing more than 110,000 viewers for a 2 p.m. faceoff ... More overseas work for Miller and McGuire: The world under-18 championships, which are being nationally televised in Canada for the first time. TSN has all of Canada's round-robin and playoff games from the Czech Republic starting next Thursday.

AROUND THE DIAL: CBS' rating (16.0) for Monday night's NCAA basketball final was the title game's highest since 1999, and a 43% jump over last year. Its overall tourney rating (7.3) was the best in 11 years ... Rogers TV unveiled a 22-game Ottawa Lynx schedule this week. It starts with the Richmond Braves' visit to Lynx Stadium on June 16 ... TSN has half-hour Masters preview shows tomorrow (12:30 p.m.) and Sunday (noon).


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