It’s a problem that a lot of local bar managers are probably facing Thursday: what to put on those flat-screen TVs that line the walls on a day when the Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots are all playing.
Kali Gilpatrick, assistant manager for sports bar Finn McCool’s, where 17 TVs flicker at once, has a plan.
McCool’s will devote all their screens and their sound system to the Red Sox game when it starts at 4:08 p.m., Gilpatrick said. Once the Bruins game starts at 7 p.m., if the Sox are still playing, half the televisions will switch to show hockey.
But the sound will stay with the baseball game.
When the Patriots kick off at 8:25 p.m., McCool’s will split the televisions evenly again and turn the sound over to the football game.
Gilpatrick said she isn’t anticipating too many complaints from patrons, and even the most dedicated Boston sports fans understand that Thursday’s schedule is difficult to balance.
“All the managers [at McCool’s] have worked in Boston bars over the course of many years, so collectively we knew what we’d be dealing with today,” she said. “Especially since it’s three different very prominent Boston teams, people are going to understand how it’s going to go.”
Beatriz Piper, a server for Fenway sports bar Cask ’n Flagon, said the staff will listen to people’s requests if they want to show multiple games on the approximately 30 TVs there, but the sound will probably stay devoted to the Red Sox game until the Patriots come on.
“Most of the TVs will probably be on the Pats game,” she said. “That’s generally how it goes.”
Piper did not anticipate complaints.
“Most of the time, the complaints are on Saturday for college football,” she said. “On Thursdays and Sundays, if the Pats are playing, people know we’re more of a Pats bar.”Alyssa Meyers can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ameyers_.