In a new low for Fox sports programming on Time Warner Cable in South Carolina the opening home game of the Carolina Hurricanes will not be shown live, in its stead will be the highly popular Atlanta Thrashers. The shortened version of the game will be available starting at midnight. Despite having five different feeds (sports south, fox sports Carolinas on channel 31, two in the five hundreds, and the HD channel), only two things are being shown-the Atlanta basketball game, and the Atlanta hockey game. Oh joy. While I will admit that basketball likely outdraws hockey in this town, sport to sport wouldn't you believe that any team labeling itself from the "carolinas" would be a better draw for local sports fans than teams from Atlanta? (I know, merely a marketing ploy as both teams are a three hour drive away.)
Last year to ensure that I got to see the Hurricanes play live I had to get the center Ice package, despite the package specifically stating that it was not for fans who only wanted to watch the games their home team played. As the wife stated, I was always more angry about not watching the game than watching the 'Canes lose. As every Hurricanes game is in HD this year, but not on center ice in HD, that certainly makes switching to one of the other television providers who give multiple feeds of fox sports a much more attractive, and likely proposition.
People living in NC, enjoy and appreciate this one more thing about not living in SC.