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Thanks for paying attention

Areader and I noticed the same thing this week in the TV listings that can be found daily on B2.

Twice we ran that FSN was showing an NBA game featuring the Pacers ... at 9 a.m.

It might be a novel idea for the Pacers to gain an advantage by scheduling games at 9 a.m., when the rest of the league is used to night games.

Although it could have the reverse effect, just as some Cubs fans and critics say about too many day games at Wrigley.

The answer is that the 9 a.m. games on FSN aren’t live, but games from the night before.

It appears that FSN bought rights to show Pacers’ games, probably from the Fox Sports network in Indianapolis. It just didn’t buy rights to show them live.

That’s the best answer I got from Ty Reynolds, who has cemented his job security in this department by taking on the mundane task of typing up the TV schedule on a weekly basis.

So, we’ll run the FSN games, because somewhere there might be a Pacers fan who works nights, and who can now know when and where to tune in for his team’s games (so long as they weren’t shown on TNT or ESPN the night before).

The reader who raised the question, posed the age-old question.

“Do we run stuff like that just to see if people are reading the TV listing?” the reader asked.

We hear that a lot, especially when an error is found in things like the TV listings, box scores or briefs.

My answer is that we don’t run things like that to see if people are paying attention, but it is nice to know that somebody is.

The clearest example of us wondering about that is when I receive a phone call from the same person almost every day that the Bulls play, asking what channel they are playing on.

I am too nice to say turn to B2, so I look it up, but I always want to ask if the person even reads the paper.

It’s funny that this situation comes up, because over the last couple weeks, we’ve been evaluating many of the things that we do.

With less staff, we have to streamline our workflow in order to maximize the hours of the folks we have left.

One of things we immediately cut back on was the TV schedule. For now, we are sticking to the major sports on the major channels. It has reduced the time that Ty spends on it each week.

I’d like to say that’s the only cut we will be making, but it won’t be.

Things like basketball standings, box scores and so forth, all will be evaluated after this season. I believe all are important to a good section, but they also take up a lot of our time.

Basketball standings and box scores on busy nights usually takes up a staff member’s shift. That means one less game covered.

During the holiday tournament grind, it can mean two or three people working long days to keep up with the number of games. With only four full-time employees and one part-timer, you can do the math with the problems that scenario can create.

The truth is that there are not many easy answers in times like this.

One that we can answer pretty quickly: if we do make a mistake, we didn’t do it on purpose to see if anyone is paying attention.

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