In all the excitement of the Los Angeles Kings winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, Los Angeles’ ABC affiliate, channel 13, forgot which game in the series it was.
For those that didn’t know, last night was Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, and the Kings clinched the Cup with a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime victory over the New York Rangers.
All of Los Angeles exploded into celebration at the Staples Center, and the in-town media was on the spot to relay the story.
And then this happened.
Kings win Game 7 pic.twitter.com/HOvQp63i3j
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) June 14, 2014
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No, sorry ABC-13, as much as that would have made the victory by the Kings even sweeter, this was not a Game 7.
Perhaps the station got confused by the length of the game (which by the time the final goal was scored ended up being the longest in Kings history) and thought that two more games had been played.
At least they got the name of the team right, and didn’t display the logo of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, which did happen in 2012′s playoff run for the LA hockey team.
So let’s review the rules for covering sports in your hometown as a television station.
Know which teams are playing, and which sport is being played.
Know who won.
Know which game in a series is being played.
Three out of four ain’t bad, I guess.