Not even the excitement game seven hockey can sway Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment to changing their traditions at Maple Leaf Square.
MLSE announced earlier today that they will be broadcasting the Toronto Raptors Game 5 in their first round series against the Orlando Magic instead of Game 7 between the Leafs and the Bruins.
MLSE confirms Raptors Game 5 gets big screen in Maple Leaf Square tomorrow. Home team priority has been their standard last few years.
Leafs Game 7 will be broadcast on smaller support screens (inverse of Friday). There will also be support screens along Bremner playing Leafs.
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) April 22, 2019
The Raptors also have an opportunity tomorrow to move on to the second round, although the stakes are much, much lower, as they currently hold a 3-1 series lead over the Magic.
However, the Raptors being the home team in this scenario get priority, as that has been the precedent established over the last few years when the teams postseason schedules have clashed.
That’s not to say that their won’t be any broadcast of Game 7, but they will be on smaller screens, while the Raptors get the infamous big screen that we see everyone staring at when the broadcast cuts to the Square.
Regardless, it’s an exciting time in Toronto, as both teams have chances at championships this year. The Raptors more so because they have a really, really good team this year, and have a good chance at cracking the Finals, while the Leafs is more because of all of the recent upsets around the league.
Raptors in 5 and Leafs in 7 everybody.