MINNEAPOLIS - Amid the celebration, many Gophers women hockey fans felt the need to vent. Why weren’t they able to watch this great team cap off a seventh national championship?
Fans were able to stream the game live on NCAA.com. But it was nowhere to be found on broadcast or cable TV.
In fact, the women’s Frozen Four has never been nationally televised.
But that's where the 'positive' spin comes in.
A spokesman for the NCAA wrote in an email:
"For the first time, we awarded the exclusive television rights to CBS Sports for coverage of the 2016 Women’s Ice Hockey Championship game – which will air next Sunday (from 1-3p CT) on CBS. We are excited about the tremendous opportunity for this championship to have national exposure on CBS, while maintaining live coverage of the Frozen Four on NCAA.com."
So the game will be televised. But not until a full week after it took place.
Gov. Mark Dayton wrote on Facebook that he tried all week to get a local affiliate to air the game, and two stations were willing, but CBS refused. He ended his message by writing, "Shame on CBS."