November 15, 2006

2006 NFL TV distribution maps.: Unofficial and subject to change.

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 05:50 PM - 19 comments

Why do they have single headers at all? My local Fox station shows rodeo when there is no 4:00 game. I have always been curious about why the CBS station sometimes doesn't show a 1:00 game opposite the Redskins (the local team). It is very annoying, especially when a really great game is showing in other areas.

posted by bperk at 08:59 AM on November 16, 2006

I agree with bperk that it's very annoying when CBS doesn't show a great game, especially when one is stuck watching a dismal Detroit game. Obviously FOX has learned that nobody feels like watching the Lions though. Seeing the small area that covers the Lions game is just sad.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:45 AM on November 16, 2006

Supposedy and I don't know officially if this is true now but if your local team has a home game thay can only show one game on Sundays Now what I think is wierd is CBS shows only one game sometimes on Sundays Now I'm a Bears fan and I see most of the games on fox so I think it's wierd If anyone knows more about this please send it out over here because I don't think I helped out at all!

posted by luther70 at 11:30 AM on November 16, 2006

See here for more info on NFL television coverage.

Thanks for the link, Ufez; I've always been interested to find out which parts of the country see which games (outside of their local game(s), of course).

posted by redsnare at 11:52 AM on November 16, 2006

Here in the Bay Area (San FranciscoOaklandSan Jose) we seem to get a lot of these "singleheaders". At most we get to watch two games a Sunday, not counting the Madden Sunday afternoon game. Used to be that there were two games broadcast at the same time- either at 10 am or 1 pm. I don't understand the NFL's logic about this. Unless I am missing something, I always thought that the more games broadcast the more money for the NFL, the networks, and the teams.

posted by irunfromclones at 12:00 PM on November 16, 2006

luther is right, it's part of an agreement with the teams and the NFL other networks cannot broadcast games in compitition against the "home" team on another channel. It's not that they can only shgow one game, it is simply they cannot show a game opposite of the home team.

posted by T.C. at 12:01 PM on November 16, 2006

Just glad I'm not the only TMQ reader

posted by timdawg at 02:19 PM on November 16, 2006

Do you have to read the whole article every week to qualify as a TMQ reader? The line between reader and obsessive-compulsive is a bit hazy there.

posted by yerfatma at 03:58 PM on November 16, 2006

I feel truly blessed! Most of the time I get to see 3 games! The 1pm game, and more often than not, a 4 pm game and then Al and John at 8pm. Only bad thing is I have to suffer with the Browns as my "home" team. And I get all this with just an antenna! Sometimes less is more.

posted by steelergirl at 04:33 PM on November 16, 2006

NFL Sunday Ticket, I get to see all the games! Locally we get 2 CBS affiliates, and 1 Fox, so, we usually get 3 games that way, and often Global and CH11 carry 2 more, but I like a choice of all games, so, we went with Rogers Sports Pack, $26 a mth, but you get NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, college hoops, college gridiron, and OHL hockey coming out your ears.

posted by tommybiden at 05:03 PM on November 16, 2006

Obviously FOX has learned that nobody feels like watching the Lions though. Seeing the small area that covers the Lions game is just sad. Unfortunately we (in N. CA) are stuck watching EVERY single Raiders game. The Raiders can't even score anymore, unless it's on defense. And if its not the Raiders, it's the 49ers....

posted by yay-yo at 05:13 PM on November 16, 2006

I think it has something to do with federal regulations that the NFL has to follow when it broadcasts local teams. The station can only show a doubleheader when the local team is on the has to show the local teams game to the teams host city and viewing area. It's contractual...

posted by The Tribster at 06:09 PM on November 16, 2006

WOW, I almost feel lucky to have no "home team" to watch each week. Our Fox and CBS stations hold a vote (phone/internet) each week to pick what games to watch when the stations are covering more than one game in the same time slot. The closest NFL/Pro anything teams are in Atlanta so we do have a load of Falcons fans but unless they are doing really well or playing someone impressive Im not stuck seeing them every weekend.

posted by Folkways at 06:47 PM on November 16, 2006

I was aware of the odd rules that govern what games are shown, but can anyone explain why they split Alaska into two sections for the 1:00 games this Sunday? Just seems odd that the northern half of Alaska watches a different game than the southern half.

posted by dviking at 10:32 PM on November 16, 2006

I didn't know about the "Can't compete against the home team" scenario but I guess it makes sense. Anyone want to clarify why they can't televise a fantatstic ending (like Cincinatti and San Diego last week) if it goes past 4:15pm, but we can get replays of every single play 3 seconds after it happens?

posted by kire at 11:09 AM on November 17, 2006

WOW, I almost feel lucky to have no "home team" to watch each week. I have friends in L.A. who feel the same way: "Since we don't have a team, we always get to watch the best games each week."

posted by Venicemenace at 12:04 PM on November 17, 2006

It looks I may actually get to see a whole Jets game this week! The last couple of weeks I got to see the last few minutes after the regularly scheduled games were over. What really sucks is that FOX had to cut off the Cincinatti game because league rules say they can only go to 15 minutes past the hour or something like that. I used to live halfway between Philly and B-more. Getting the coverage from both cities was great because sometimes the FOX stations were showing different games but other times I was getting the same game on two different channels. For some reason the Philly station was always 5 seconds behind the Baltimore one.

posted by MrFrisby at 01:02 PM on November 17, 2006

It looks I may actually get to see a whole Jets game this week! You say that like it's a good thing.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:55 AM on November 18, 2006

I thought was going to be. It's depressing that I had to wait all season just to see that. I wonder how much the umpire got paid to overturn the fumble.

posted by MrFrisby at 03:38 PM on November 19, 2006

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