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Old 11-08-06, 08:19 AM
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NFL Week 10 TV/HD Network Broadcast Maps

2006 Week 10 (Nov 12)
National Doubleheader= FOX

The CBS map:

The FOX Early Game map - all games at 1pm ET:

The FOX Late Game map - all games at 4:15pm ET:
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What do the white areas mean?
Welcome to the world of blackout rules. The short answer is: no game at all. This can be due to one of two rules: a) no games can air at the same time as a local team's home game on another network, or b ) if a game is blacked out because it doesn't sell out, the network with the doubleheader can only show one game. Donít shoot the messenger, I think the rules are stupid too.

So what exactly are the blackout rules?
The short answer: If a game doesn't sell out within 72 hours of kickoff, there is no local television broadcast. "Local" in this case is defined as anywhere within 75 miles from the stadium. If a station from outside that 75-mile zone has any part of its coverage area crossing over, it gets blacked out too. This is why virtually all of Arizona, for instance, gets blacked out of Cardinals games.

Who decides what games get shown in my area?
The networks, with some guidance from the NFL. The league sets "primary markets" and "secondary markets" for most teams, and those markets are required to show all road games involving the "local" team. Primary markets are required to air home games too, unless they don't sell out. The "primary market" is the market in which the team is physically located (i.e. Boston for the Patriots). The "secondary markets" are adjoining markets assigned at the discretion of the league (again using the Patriots example, Providence and Portland ME). Secondary markets are not required to air home games, and if there's another team nearby, they don't.

Harrisburg PA is a good example. Because Baltimore is the closest team, the NFL has designated it a Ravens secondary market. However, the stations there have noticed there are more stealers fans. So the CBS affiliate there, despite having to air Ravens *road* games in case of a stealers conflict (and enduring the wrath of the local fans every time it happens), they do air the stealers whenever the Ravens play at *home*.

Outside of these primary and secondary markets, and even in them if the local team isn't playing, the network is the sole arbiter of what game gets shown where, but usually after taking input from the local affiliates. Affiliates can request a particular game be shown to their market, and the network will (usually) agree unless it runs against the secondary market rules. The CBS affiliate in Orlando in 2005, after several desperate attempts, couldn't show a Dolphins-Buccaneers game because, for some reason, the NFL said Orlando is a Jaguars market.

Not all markets are designated by one team or another as a secondary market, usually only the ones closest to the stadium (i.e. the ones that would be blacked out if not a sellout). Other markets can air one teamís games more often than not, but that rule isnít set in stone.

Stations in the 32 team markets are not allowed to air a game if the other network has a local team's home game at the same time. Instead, they have to air one in the other timeslot. The rule does not specifically apply if the local team is on the road, but that's on the doubleheader network, the singleheader network usually airs a game in the opposite timeslot. This is usually how those 49ers-Texans duds end up on the air in Cleveland.

How come these tiny specks in Nebraska are getting a different game?
One of two reasons: Sometimes a popular player is from a certain area, so the local station there likes to show as many games of his team as possible. This is especially true in college towns. The other reason has to do with the Fox network. Since it's a newer, smaller network, it doesn't have as many affiliates as CBS, ABC or NBC. So there is a national satellite feed called FoxNet that is distributed to cable companies in the smallest markets and other remote areas, which usually carries Fox's national game. I've tried to show as many areas that carry FoxNet as I can on the maps.
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Here are the announcer pairings for Week 10. Pairings are shown in order of precedence.

CBS 1. (Nantz/Simms) NY Jets at New England
CBS 2. (Gumbel/Dierdorf) San Diego at Cincinnati
CBS 3. (Enberg/Cross) Buffalo at Indianapolis
CBS 4. (Harlan/Gannon) Cleveland at Atlanta
CBS 5. (Johnson/Tasker) Kansas City at Miami
CBS 6. (Eagle/Wilcots) Denver at Oakland
CBS 7. (Bolerjack/Baldinger) Houston at Jacksonville
CBS 8. (Criqui/Beuerlein) Baltimore at Tennessee

(Craig Bolerjack replaces Bill Macatee on CBS 7 this week.)

FOX 1. (Buck/Aikman) New Orleans at Pittsburgh
FOX 2. (Stockton/Johnston) Washington at Philadelphia
FOX 3. (Albert/Baldinger) Green Bay at Minnesota
FOX 4. (Rosen/Ryan) Dallas at Arizona
FOX 5. (Pitts/Donahue) San Francisco at Denver
FOX 6. (Vasgersian/Pearson) St Louis at Seattle
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Awesome. I get the Chargers and Bengals. Should be an interesting game to watch considering 6 of my 9 fantasy starters play for these teams.
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Weird. I would welcome those games.
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when is the NFL going to realize that the Chargers have a national draw?
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Pretty good week for me football wise:
1:00 pm

4:00 pm

Then I can watch my Bears on Sunday night.
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Looks like they're starting to give up on the Texans in Austin - they're giving us the Titans game (for Vince Young) instead.
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