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09-11-2012 02:47 AM #1
NFL ST Blackout Fail
In my area (Austin TX), the early Fox game this week was Saints-Redskins. The late game was Packers-49ers. Note that Austin is a home market for the Cowboys (who played on Wednesday) -- not the Saints or the Redskins. Also note that the Packers-49ers game was billed as "America's Game of the Week" (
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The early game ran late -- very late. My fox affiliate stayed with the early game until its conclusion. By the time it switched to the late game, it was near the end of the first quarter. This wouldn't be a problem, since I have NFL ST, except... the Packers-49ers was blocked on the Sunday Ticket channel since the local affiliate was "showing" it. Except they weren't.
First of all... who's call was it to stay with the early game? National Fox broadcasting or local Fox affiliate?
Second... this is broken. Blacking out games since the local affiliate is showing it makes sense -- ad revenue runs the world -- I get it. But is there not a better way do this? Maybe show the first quarter of late games on Sunday Ticket channels regardless of blackout? Maybe have blackouts be smarter -- actually know if affiliate is showing the game? Something else? It seems like bull to pay $300 to see out of market games only to be left to chance if that game happens to be picked up by the local affiliate that week. Thoughts?
Another question... to whom should I direct complaints? National Fox? Local Fox? DIRECTV? NFL?
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09-11-2012 04:08 AM #2
I ran into this EXACT issue on Sunday as well. My friend and I were furious. If it had been local coverage I would have understood staying with the game, but for delaying the game of the week like that was inexcusable.New signature pending. Stay tuned!
09-11-2012 05:43 AM #3Pub Member / Supporter
Your 4 pm games should start on time on the ST package, seeing your paying for that right.
Not sure who makes the call in this instance, I would imagine it's the FOX/CBS guys, but don't know for sure.
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09-11-2012 05:50 AM #4The future Dr. Fat Man
The black out is the NFLs rule, as for who didn't make the switch, I'd say it was your local affiliate. As in SF and GB the switch was made at the start of the game.Juggling is for clowns, I just get (bleep) done. - The Fat Man
09-11-2012 09:20 AM #5
If you had both games the only way they cut away is if you were in the local market of the teams playing the late gameDirectv Slimline SWM 5 LNB and DirectvWorld dish on the roof of the apartment building...Directv HR34 AKA Genie
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09-11-2012 10:01 AM #6
New signature pending. Stay tuned!