I don't think you've seen many Pens games if you honestly think Sidney Crosby whines for 2 1/2 hours straight. Apparently what he does do is draw in viewers, so...
HEY ALEX, IT GETS RATINGS.
ADD: Diving? Yeah, yeah, after whining about whining, I could have figured that's where you were going next. Anyway. Even as a Pens fan, I would love to see NON-PENS games on NBC. I'm sorry, but NBC is in the business of getting the most ratings and games involving the Pens draw more ratings.
Check out LITY's answer to the Q Justin #91 asked/linked below me.
ADD2: Oh look, the Pens/Panthers game tonight is NOT on VS. The Flyers/Sabres game is.
ADD3: (Perhaps this one is the charm...) Crying about ratings? Why would I cry about my team drawing ratings? Again, your Crosby jokes have all been said before. Be original at least.
Anyway, it's not just the ratings you know. Whose jerseys sell the best? Sidney Crosby's. You don't have to like Crosby to have a brain enough to know that he's popular. If you're sick of how popular he is, join the club. Even I get tired of the attention he gets in Pittsburgh. For example, when he gets interviewed over other Pens players who might actually give an INTERESTING, NON-PC interview (Sid's pretty boring).
NBC & VS NEED RATINGS THOUGH. They can't appease just ALEX, you know, they're a business so they want to show the product which draws them the most ratings. (Eh, I prefer my Pens games on FSN Pittsburgh, by the way.)
Pay for Center Ice already so we don't have to see you whine here anymore. Jeez, you're like the Crosby of the hockey section...
Penguins fan. Pittsburgh native & resident.