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Every time the Flyers scored a goal during their two first-round NHL playoff games in Pittsburgh, Comcast SportsNet, which was broadcasting the contests in Philadelphia, cut to a shot of raucous patrons celebrating at Xfinity Live! the brand-new dining/entertainment/bull-riding shed that opened across the street from the team’s home arena.

It’s not a new concept. Home team heads onto the road for a big game, and local fans aggregate to watch the game and cheer for their heroes. It’s a natural magnet for TV cameras eager to provide a little local color to the broadcast. The difference is Xfinity Live! (Why the exclamation point?) is owned by Comcast, which also happens to be the parent company of the Flyers. Talk about synergy. By showing footage of delirious...

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