Maupin Funeral Pre-Empts Sports
Some viewers won’t be happy, but local TV stations are doing the right thing by pre-empting the NBA playoffs, PGA golf and possibly part of the NHL playoffs to broadcast Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin's funeral 1-2 p.m. Sunday from Great American Ball Park. You expect local news stations to cover the big story, and certainly the Maupin capture and the Colerain firefighters funerals are very big stories.
The good news is that the stations have found alternative outlets for the Cleveland-Washington NBA playoff game and Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament. The toughest decision had to be at WXIX-TV (Channel 19), which has opted to broadcast the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway at 1:30 p.m. and stream the funeral online.
Here are the funeral coverage plans:
Saturday morning: Channels 5, 9 and 12 will cover the arrival of Maupin’s body at Lunken Airport.
Channel 5: Live funeral coverage on TV and web. Will join 2 p.m. Detroit-Colorado NHL playoff game in progress.
Channel 9: Live funeral coverage on TV and web. First game of ABC’s NBA doubleheader, Cleveland-Washington at 12:30 p.m., will air in its entirety on Channel 64. ABC's second NBA game, San Antonio-Phoenix at 3:30 p.m., will air entirely on Channel 9.
Channel 12: Live funeral coverage on TV and web. Final round of Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament from Savannah, Ga., airs 1-3 p.m. completely on sister CinCW digital station.
Channel 19: Funeral video on web.
If you ran Ch 19, would you have blown off Talladega for live funeral coverage?