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New York Islanders Don’t Need NBC Broadcasts

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 01: The New York Islanders skate out to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 01, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders were playing in their first regular season game since April of 2015 when the team moved their home games to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Islanders defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 01: The New York Islanders skate out to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 01, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders were playing in their first regular season game since April of 2015 when the team moved their home games to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Islanders defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders have only two games on NBC this year. Here’s why that’s actually a good thing.

In 2019-2020, after an impressive season last year that exceeded everyone’s expectations, the New York Islanders only have two games on NBC. Naturally, the common reaction is that the Islanders were disrespected.

While this is a team that was good last year, the Islanders still can’t seem to get the national attention. It’s actually a good thing.

First of all, riding the underdog wave is one of the most fun things in sports. The “they don’t believe in us” mantra can really drive a team and it’s a fun thing to see in real-time, like the Islanders last year.

There’s one big thing that the people complaining about this are forgetting. However many games you have on NBC, you’re losing Brendan Burke and Butch Goring on the call.

Almost any time the Islanders are on national tv, there are complaints about the broadcasts. It’s either too vanilla or the announcers are biased towards the team the Islanders are playing and people call for Brendan and Butch instead.

Most of the time, the local broadcasts are better. You’re an Islander fan and taking the game in through an Isles lense with the MSG crew, it’s a better viewing experience for you.

We should be counting our lucky stars that we get 80 games of Brendan Burke instead of complaining about not getting more generic boring broadcast from the NBC crew.

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