Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
I know this is OT, but can someone explain to me why we only get two or three games (at 1pm and 415pm eastern) depending on whether the local team is at home, instead of three or four?
I've never understood why the late game is a single but the early is not.
Each week FOX or CBS has a doubleheader in which they can show a early (1 Pm ET) game game and a late game (4:05 or 4:15 Pm ET). Each network has 9 doubleheader weeks over the course of the 17 week season. Both network have a doubleheader in week 17.
The terminology the NFL uses to name each timeslot is the following:
Early game on the doubleheader network: regional game
Late game on the doubleheader network: national game
Game on the single game network: single game
late games on the doubleheader network start at 4:15 Pm ET and late games on the single game network start at 4:05 PM ET.
Most markets will receive all three of these games, only during week 17 is it possible to have 4 games broadcast into one market.
NFL broadcast rules differ by what market you are in:Primary market
The hometown market for a team, there are 31 primary markets for the 32 teams (2 NYC teams and 2 Bay area teams, plus Green Bay which has two primary markets, Green Bay and Milwaukee)
-Must show all of the local team's road games
-Will show all home games that sellout
of the local team will be the only game on during that time slot. Thus if the home team is playing on the doubleheader network at home three games will be seen in that market. The game on the single game network will air in the opposite time slot of the time slot the local team is playing at. If the home team is on the single game network the market will only see 2 games. It will see the home team's game and a game from the doubleheader network in the opposite time slot.Secondary market
These markets adjoin the primary market and are within 75 miles of the stadium.
-Must show all of the local team's away games
-Do not have to show the home games, but most will because it would be the most popular team.
-Will be blacked out of the local team if they do not sell out a home game.
-Will receive three games each week (2 from the doubleheader network, 1 from the single game network), provided the home team sells out.All other markets markets
Get to show whatever games they want, some tend to have a certain team they show more because of a local rooting interest. Always receive 3 games each week.
The reason behind the doubleheader network idea is to allow FOX and CBS the opportunity for a semi-national game each week that they can promote and also that would draw a large audience.
Exceptions to the rules: Each market must see one game from CBS and one from FOX. So during week 1 when CBS is covering the US Open (tennis) they only show the NFL in the early slot. Thus the home markets of the teams playing on FOX in the early time slot, which is the doubleheader network, will have games on the competing network.
I think I covered everything, if there is anything else let me know.