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NFL to Review Their Secondary Market TV Policy

Good news for local football fans that were upset about missing the conclusion of the Oakland Raiders-Buffalo Bills game last Sunday.

The NFL will reexamine their secondary market television rules and are leaning towards showing the end of close games, according to Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“A league source said Thursday if the Los Angeles market were airing a close game with the outcome still in the balance there was a “very good chance” the local affiliate wouldn’t leave the game until it was decided.

It is the first time the league has decided to tweak what had been a very non-negotiable rule regarding primary and secondary television markets for over 35 years. Los Angeles is the secondary market for the Chargers and league rules require “all secondary markets must carry in their entirety all road games of their local team.”

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Columnist Calls Out NFL for Shoddy CBS2 Cutaway

You couldn’t have scripted this any worse. With the Oakland Raiders-Buffalo Bills game yesterday having come down to the final seconds and the black-and-white dug in on their 15-yard line trying to hold a 35-31 lead, CBS2 suddenly cut away–per local LA market obligations–to the start of the Patriots-Chargers game. Or make that a bunch of commercials, then the Jim Nantz Foxboro, MA stadium welcome.

Los Angeles Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth, like every other fan watching, could hardly believe it. Especially when a few minutes later, he learned that the Bills had scored to win the game 38-35. Writes Hoffarth:

A KCBS-Channel 2 spokesman suggested we contact a CBS spokesperson. The network referred us to an NFL spokesman. The NFL offered neither an apology nor an offer to revisit the policy to see if it can altered in future weeks.

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