Sportscaster Dan Patrick found his popular morning radio and television show caught in the middle of a feud between DirecTV and the Weather Channel.
Patrick's show had booked Weather Channel star Jim Cantore to appear on the show this week to talk about the forecast for Sunday's Super Bowl, which is being played in northern New Jersey.
But that apparently didn't sit too well with DirecTV, which owns Patrick's show and carries it on its own Audience Network Channel. DirecTV stopped carrying the Weather Channel earlier this month because of a contract dispute and the two have been trading blows in the press.
Instead of Cantore, who has appeared on Patrick's show in the past, Paul Douglas from WeatherNation, which is the smaller network DirecTV has put in place of the Weather Channel, got the gig.
"We like Jim and thought, under the circumstances, that it may be a bit awkward for him to appear on a DirectTV-owned show so we let him off the hook," said a DirecTV spokesman, who added that Douglas can "help us navigate through our weather needs for Super Bowl."
A Weather Channel spokeswoman had no comment on Cantore getting bumped.
Interestingly, Patrick's show is also carried by NBC Sports Network and NBC also owns a piece of the Weather Channel. However, NBC has no stake in Patrick's show. It licenses the show from DirecTV.
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