Hagerstown's NBC-25 aired a University of Maryland men's basketball game instead of President Clinton's State of the Union address Tuesday evening.
It was the first time the television station has preempted a president's State of the Union speech, said Hugh Breslin, station vice president and general manager.
Breslin said audience reaction appears to be favorable but he doubted the station would ever do it again.
Breslin said the station showed the game instead of the speech because the station had a contractual agreement for that ball game well before the date of the speech was announced.
He said station managers also took into account that since the speech would be shown on many other channels, including public television, viewers would have the option of watching the speech on another station.