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Not sure but all I know is there is Never a reason to Not have an NFL game on at 1pm or 4pm Ever.

Who the **** wants to watch an infomercial or a Mash rerun when there is a game on.

CBS & Fox should be forced to have 2 games each every sunday

I agree. But then who would buy the Sunday Ticket?!?! :rolleyes:

It was posted on here once. I'm trying to see the possibility of seeing the SD game.

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It's really quite simple:

Except for Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, games aired on the NFL Network, and other selected contests, most of the regular season games are regionally televised on Sunday afternoon by CBS and FOX. In other words, each game is only broadcast to certain media markets in the United States instead of the entire country.

Which games get shown in what particular markets are determined by the following factors: First, each home team's "primary media market," the market in which the team is physically located, must televise all of the away games involving the local team (a vestige of the days when only road games were shown), and all of the home games, provided that they are sold out at least 72 hours prior to kickoff (or else, they are subject to blackout, see below). In addition, the league also designates "secondary markets," media markets adjoining primary markets (generally penetrating within 75 miles of a stadium but not having their own team) that are also required to show the local team. Generally, these secondary markets must show the road games but are not obligated to show the designated team's sold out home games. Their decision on whether to show home games typically depends on whether or not the NFL-designated local team is perceived to be the most popular in the market. For example, Harrisburg, PA is a secondary market to the Baltimore Ravens. Therefore the CBS station in Harrisburg must show all Ravens ROAD games. However since there are a lot of Pittsburgh Steelers fans there, when the Ravens are home at the same time the Steelers are playing, that station shows the Steelers. In all other markets, the networks are the sole arbiters of what game gets shown where. However, they usually make their decisions after consulting with all of their local affiliates. In some rarer occasions, some affiliates are offered a choice of a few games for a given time-slot, if there is not one game that stands out as appropriate.

During the afternoon, CBS and FOX may switch a media market's game to a more competitive one, particularly when a contest becomes one-sided. For this to happen, one of the teams must normally be ahead by at least 18 points in the second half. However, due to the incident involving the "Heidi Game", a primary media market must show its local team's game in its entirety, and secondary markets usually follow suit for road games. Also, secondary markets (for home games) or any others where one team's popularity stands out may request a constant feed of that game, and in that case will not be switched. If the local team's game is in the late time-slot on the doubleheader network, the primary and secondary markets (usually only for road games in the latter case) may be required to switch coverage from the early game to the start of the late game just before kickoff, so that the local team's contest can be shown in its entirety. The network can show updates and highlights of the early game at its discretion. NFL Sunday Ticket viewers are unaffected, except to the extent that blacked out channels might change as a result.

For this reason, the New York Giants and New York Jets are never scheduled on the same network on the same day (unless they play each other) because they both share the same primary media market. The San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders are treated likewise. Otherwise, the networks could theoretically have to cut away from one team's game to show the other team. In general, the league never schedules the Giants and the Jets to play their games at the same time (except for a head-to-head meeting), and the same usually goes for the 49ers and the Raiders, though this can mean one of those teams will play a road game at 10:00 AM PT. Also, either the 49ers or Raiders will typically be scheduled for a prime-time game, regardless of their records during the previous season.[10] The often complicated television package is a significant factor in why the NFL schedule for a particular season takes several weeks to develop.

The same principles which apply to the New York and San Francisco markets were also in effect when the Rams and Raiders shared the Los Angeles market from 1982-94. Like San Francisco, this often meant the Rams or Raiders would be scheduled for a 10 a.m. PT start when on the road.

The Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens are served by separate media markets, and so they can play at the same time. However, if one team is at home and the other is on the road, both games have aired in each market on a few occasions. However, this policy is not consistently applied in each city. Viewers in Washington are getting Ravens road games at the same time the Redskins are at home when on opposite networks and the network airing the Redskins has the doubleheader (example: Week 7 in 2007, Week 6 in 2008). However, the same is not happening in Baltimore when the reverse scenario is in effect: Ravens are at home and Redskins are on the road at the same time, and the network airing Ravens has the doubleheader (example: Week 5 in 2008).

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Sunday ticket is more desgined for out of market fans.

While I'd like to see the games of my choice, there is still never a reason not to have 4 (5 if you count the late game) televised every sunday.

That still leaves over 60% of the games Not televised and set up for Sunday Ticket sales.

Truthfully, but the NFL would never go for it becuase of thier ties to Direct TV.. there should be a way to order any game you want as a pay per view.

Just buy the match up you want and view it. NFL gets thier $$$$$ and the fans get the games they want to watch

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The order is decided before the year begins. Actually, they determine the doubleheader networks in the spring when they come out with the schedule. It's mostly arbitrary as to who gets the doubleheader on particular weeks.

We're guaranteed that Fox will have the doubleheader Week 1 just as long as CBS keeps televising the US Open tennis finals. We're guaranteed CBS will have one that next week so Fox doesn't get the first two. We're guaranteed both will have a doubleheader Week 17. Past that it's completely arbitrary.

They don't necessarily alternate week to week. The NFL will make sure both networks have at least two consecutive doubleheader weeks each year. In rare cases a network could have three in a row, like CBS did last year. It's not as simple as CBS-Fox-CBS-Fox.

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