Originally posted by doretta
That's the NFL's mistake. The local affiliate is entitled to know better, presumably having a person or two who could find Oregon AND Washington on a map.
Not sure what your point is here. My point was that the NFL considers Portland to be part of the Seahawks fan base. Whether the local affiliate "knows better" as you say doesn't matter; the NFL doesn't give them broadcast rights to a blacked out Seahawk game, so they have no choice in the matter.
Expanding on that reasoning, my thinking was that division games would mean more to the majority of the local fan base than watching Joey and the Lions. Maybe the station's marketing people know otherwise; they go with what generates the most advertising dollars.
But I think that's a shortsighted strategy. The Seahawks are new to the NFC West. By showing your divisional opponents you help to build a strong fan rivalry between the teams. Divisional rivalry is good for the fans, the advertisers, the owners, the NFL, and the stations. My argument is with the station's marketing (to show the Lions), not the NFL.