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Lance Armstrong not happy with Versus

May 20, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

Armstrong1.jpgLance Armstrong isn’t happy and when he speaks out, nearly 3 million
people listen.

The man who put the Outdoor Life Network — soon to be Versus — on
the map was incensed when the network cut away from the final minutes of
Stage 3 of the Tour of California. Here is what Armstrong had to say:

“Who’s the dumbass @versustv that cut off @AmgenTourofCali coverage
w/ a mile to go for pregame hockey?? #pathetic”

With the way that the Versus has been quick this season to cut their
postgame shows short, you have to wonder just how important it was to
cut away from what was apparently an exciting finish to the stage. That
is, until you consider just how much bigger the NHL audience is over the
cycling audience, and how important the network has made it’s hockey
coverage out to be.

From
Sports Illustrated:

But hopefully the gaffe won’t happen again. Roth said the race
received assurances from Versus that Wednesday’s Stage Four would be
shown in its entirety. Of course, no NHL playoff games are scheduled for
Wednesday. In the pecking order, the cult of hockey ranks ahead of the
cult of cycling.

“There are different hierarchies in contractual obligations,” Roth
sighed.

I can understand the frustration, especially when your consider that
this was a pregame show and not the actual game itself. Somewhere, an
executive made the decision that upsetting the Tour was much better than
upsetting the NHL. I’m sure he’s able to live with that decision, no
matter how upset Lance Armstrong gets.

For hockey fans, they should be proud. It’s not every day that the NHL trumps other sports coverage.

  1. George Fallar - May 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    He will be unhappier today with the Floyd Landis email story heating up and Versus covering it.

  2. Mike - May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Well Lance, for those of us who don’t squat to pee we like to watch real sports like hockey.

  3. Anonymous - May 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Hey, Mike. I squat to pee and yet I still LOVE hockey…and men, to counter your next comment!

  4. ed pullen - May 20, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Until recently we assumed HCG improves performance Now a legit controlled study confirms it. See a Family Physicians comments on this study. http://drpullen.com/2010/05/20/it-looks-like-hgh-really-does-improve-performance/

  5. Kenny Ken Kenny-Ken - May 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Who’s Lance Armstrong again?
    I’m so glad the NHL is still around! I remember when it was sport of consequence… I wonder if my TV channels go all the way up to Versus?

  6. Gary from Nort a Gary - May 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Sounz like ‘e’s a bit loopy over by dare. Go Hox!

  7. pk - May 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Hockey’s a sport??? puhleeeeze!!

  8. grimjack - May 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Is cycling a sport or just a way to get from here to there? Maybe they should add something to make it exciting, like have them deliver newspapers. They can get points for how close they get the paper to the front door. Personally, I was yelling at the tv for VS to switch to the hockey game. LETS GO FLYERS!

  9. Fecteau - May 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    I was wondering why Lance Armstrong was the face at the header of PHT… I’m thinking, is hockey being taken over by cycling? If so, I might need to go ahead and take that cyanide pill…
    Oh, Lance, guess what, no one cares about watching grown men dressed in spandex or lycra or whatever stretchy material you wear when there’s a sport where they can fight. A sport where they don’t all go in the same direction at the same time… You, on the other hand, go up a hill…. Then Down a hill… Then up a hill… Then down a hill. I’d rather (barely) watch NASCAR or some other form of racing… You may have made Versus in the beginning but hockey has been growing in leaps and bounds and now is MUCH bigger than you… The only reason it was a small force to begin with was because of the strike in the 90s… Then again 10 years later…
    Oh, does anyone remember hearing about a story about Armstrong? I heard somewhere that there was this reporter or at least some person that isn’t a Lance best friend/family member, going to see Lance Armstrong, when he came out of his house with a few large bags of what looked like trash. He drove like 30-60 miles away from his house, with the trash, simply to dispose of it. The reporter found all these syringes in the bags… Was this something someone made up or did this really happen? Because if so, I think Mr Landis might actually have a point. Not to mention weren’t they saying just a few years ago how they couldn’t yet find suitable testing for HGH?

  10. Fecteau - May 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    ‘allegedly, sorry’

  11. Corey - May 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    I thought that was really tacky to cut off the Tour of California, especially when there was only 3 or 4 miles left to finish and a group of 3 had 20 seconds on the peleton. It’s a shame Outdoor Life Network no longer broadcasts bicycle races. It was especially dissapointing because the previous day Versus was unable to broadcast the last 20 miles due to bad weather and planes and helicopters were grounded. Don’t they have cameras on motocycles. Cutting off that race was a really bad choice. What difference would had it made to delay broadcasting just 5 minutes of that hockey game. The hockey game could had been shown in it’s entirety. Based on a couple of the comments already displayed, it’s a shame there is so much bias toward bicycle races. Just goes to show you how dependent people in this country are on automobiles and compare bicycle races to delivering newspapers. It’s pathetic. Keep dependening on oil, which only supports terrorist countries and currently those wealthy oil companies could care less about the environment. Wonder how long it will take for BP to fill the Gulf of Mexico with oil.

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