The Boston Bruins have a game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, and the ratings are not expected to be particularly high. The virtually meaningless sixth game of the regular season for the B’s will be contending with Game 5 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. Most Bostonians will be checking the score of the Bruins game during ALCS commercials, and that’s about it.
In addition to the television networks, the Panthers could also be missing out. Like many other Florida sports teams, the Panthers rely on folks who have relocated from Boston and now live in Florida to come to the games. In order to entice those fans to attend the game at the BB&T Center, the Panthers have promised to show the Red Sox-Tigers game on televisions throughout the arena.
At the bottom of the flier above, which was tweeted by @sarah_connors, you see a message that reads, “Red Sox vs. Tigers game to be played on TVs throughout the arena.” The Bruins would probably do the same if the game was in Boston, though they wouldn’t have to advertise it. Such is life for franchises based in Florida. At least it hasn’t gotten quite as bad with the Panthers as it did with the Miami Marlins earlier this year. Give it time.
H/T Puck Daddy