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Thunder Alley: Could the watch parties be saved?

A look at possible options for the Thunder Alley watch parties along with the pros and the cons.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 27, 2012
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MOVE THE WATCH PARTY INSIDE

Pros: The Cox Convention Center or Bricktown Ballpark would provide a more controlled environment as well as more amenities for fans. Crowd size could be limited, and admission could be charged and concessions sold to offset the cost of the facility. Fans would also have access to bathrooms.

Cons: First, a facility would have to be available. Second, additional big screens would have to be brought in, which would be an added cost. And finally, it could be shutdown by the television network. NBC recently blocked the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers from having watch parties during the Eastern Conference Finals. The reason? They would zap the ratings. And if a network is concerned about watch parties in markets that big hurting ratings, you have to think they'd be keeping an eye on a smaller market like Oklahoma City.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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