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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.54
ESPN article.

Interesting. Hopefully one of my local stations will have the HD broadcast so I can enjoy the sights and sounds. Wait, Bryant Gumbel will announce the game so scratch the sounds part. If the Giants decide to use the game as a de-facto bye week then I'm also not sticking around for a big Pats blowout.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.81

I wonder if this would be happened if there were no strike.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.48
Lord, please let Bryant Gumbel think that because the game is on NBC and CBS it means he doesn't have to show up and they can bring Dick Enberg over from the radio side to replace him. I'm waiting for the Cowboy and Packer fans to really start screaming why their game didn't get this treatment.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.15
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    I wonder if this would be happened if there were no strike.


Probably. Saturday was a dumping ground for NBC (Chuck and 30 Rock repeats, et cetera) and both networks would be happy to get their hands on the game - especially when they don't have to pay money to produce it (though their promotional capability is hindered, of course.)

I'm assuming CBS got it because it's an AFC game and NBC because they certainly would have flexed it in if the NFL had put it in the mix. It's good for fans, certainly, and probably the right move from a P.R. standpoint, but if the NFL seriously wants cable providers to a pay a premium for the network capitulating like this isn't going to help.

I wonder if they'll get vindictive and only supply an SD feed to the networks. Probably not.



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It's a historically significant game. I'd have done the four-way simulcast and tossed in Fox, but beggars can't be choosers. Bottom line, this game must be seen by anyone who calls themselves a football fan, whether the Pats win or lose.

And I've got to say, this is also a must-see game for Giants-haters. Eli's already had a number of horrible outings. Assuming he plays, the Patriots defense will practically have him crying for his mommy. A 3 or 4 INT game against the Patriots on a 3-station simulcast would be the kind of embarrassment that Eli's career wouldn't be able to recover from.

It's times like this that I can't help but grumble over the Bills losing their game last Sunday. Eli threw two picks and fumbled four times! Had the Bills taken advantage of that and won the game, the Giants would be fighting for their playoff lives this Saturday, thus guaranteeing a good match. Now there's a chance Tom Coughlin will sit his starters, including much of his vaunted pass-rush defense, who could give Tom Brady a run for his money. The game's historical and all, but because the Bills couldn't get it done, this Saturday's game is pretty much a foregone conclusion. It takes away the specialness somewhat. Thanks, Buffalo!

(edited by It's False on 26.12.07 1542)


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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by It's False
    And I've got to say, this is also a must-see game for Giants-haters. Eli's already had a number of horrible outings. Assuming he plays, the Patriots defense will practically have him crying for his mommy. A 3 or 4 INT game against the Patriots on a 3-station simulcast would be the kind of embarrassment that Eli's career wouldn't be able to recover from.

    It's times like this that I can't help but grumble over the Bills losing their game last Sunday. Eli threw two picks and fumbled four times! Had the Bills taken advantage of that and won the game, the Giants would be fighting for their playoff lives this Saturday, thus guaranteeing a good match.


I have started to look forwards to watching Giants games now. Whenever he throws a pick he just has this dumbfounded "Golly shucks, how in the world did THAT happen?" look on his face EVERY time. It just cracks me up.





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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.54
    Originally posted by It's False
    It's a historically significant game. I'd have done the four-way simulcast and tossed in Fox, but beggars can't be choosers. Bottom line, this game must be seen by anyone who calls themselves a football fan, whether the Pats win or lose


I don't know if you need to throw Fox into the mix, as they never would have had any right to it in the first place- an AFC road game goes on CBS, and theoretically, at least, NBC could have flexed it (though, if CBS had the game in the beginning, you can bet they would have tried to protect it.). It's going to be overkill in Boston and New York City for the dish folks- the game will be on NFL Network, the local OTA that had signed to simulcast it per the old rules (and the ESPN article notes that the brass at WWOR/My9 in New York are pissed that this exclusive has been taken away from them), CBS, and NBC- bur it's nice now that I can *legally* watch the game without having to head to a bar on Saturday night.

The thing is though- the Giants are locked into a trip to Tampa wild card weekend, I can see the regulars only getting a half or so of work, so that takes some of the bite out of it.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.20
    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    I'm waiting for the Cowboy and Packer fans to really start screaming why their game didn't get this treatment.

Surprisingly, I haven't heard any of that whining here yet.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
      Originally posted by redsoxnation
      I'm waiting for the Cowboy and Packer fans to really start screaming why their game didn't get this treatment.

    Surprisingly, I haven't heard any of that whining here yet.

As of late it seems that Boston fans have the market cornered on whining.

Pats fans complain Giants fans are charging too much for tickets to Sunday's game. (nypost.com)
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I am interested to see what happens with WCVB (ABC), WMUR (ABC), and WWOR (MyNetwork), the stations in Boston, Vermont, and New York that before this announcement had exclusive over-the-air broadcast rights. The way I see it, either CBS and NBC don't get to air the game in these markets, or the NFL needs to refund the money that these stations paid in order to receive such rights.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
According to the mailbag section on dcrtv.com, a reader of the site has commented that:


    The NFL “triple-cast” gets even worse: In Boston, the ABC station, Channel 5, gets to keep its over-the-air broadcast, so it looks like ABC, CBS and NBC in Boston will all show the same thing on Saturday night. Decisions, decisions. Charles in Winchester (12/26/07)


The station's site http://www.thebostonchannel.com/sports/14926972/detail.html says:


    WCVB-TV President and General Manager Bill Fine issued a statement after the NFL's announcement:

    "Today's action by the NFL was designed to let all of America see this potentially historic game. WCVB-TV's contract with the NFL Network for the Boston market exclusive broadcast rights to the Dec. 29 game against the New York Giants was completed last summer, and thus, the Boston market was always going to be able to see the game via Channel 5. We are now awaiting word as to whether or not the NFL will abide by their contract with WCVB," Fine said.


EDIT:

NBC7 in Boston has this to say: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/sports/BO69768/


    Local TV affiliates in the Boston, Manchester, N.H., and New York areas that were already set to simulcast the game under NFL policy will still air it. The stations include WCVB-ABC Channel 5 in Boston, WMUR-ABC in Manchester, New Hampshire Channel 9 and WWOR Channel 9 in New York.

    That means viewers in those markets will have four channels to choose from if they get NFL Network.


(edited by Zeruel on 27.12.07 1432)


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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
As a Pats fan I am thrilled. I went to all this trouble to download a program to watch the game online, but now I can sit in my favorite chair and drink and watch the Pats like I do every Sunday. It makes me feel better that I stick to the routine, I don't want to put the hex on you know.

It's a great PR move for the NFL even though they probably did it to avoid be looked into and it's also good that they didn't get their way in the end. People have been funding stadiums and teams for years, so it's about time they give a little something back.

The ratings will be interesting to see. It's historic, people hate the Pats, people hate the Giants but probably not as much as the Pats. Two major markets are involved. It should be a lot of fun. What Brady jersey do I wear the blue or the white or go for the gray hoodie?

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.25
Welcome home, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard! Good luck to those down south.

The NFL has had a long-standing rule that any games on cable MUST be available over-the-air in the home market of the 2 teams involved. (Granted, the highest bidder of the stations in each of those markets gets the right to simulcast those games...but somebody always does.)

I also am VERY interested to see whether those stations that already ponied up the ca$h to simulcast the NFL Network's broadcast of the game in the Boston and NY markets will get their money back, or just get screwed by the NFL handing this game to their CBS/NBC competitors for free as well.

Plus, those CBS/NBC stations that weren't planning on having the NFL Network telecast of the game available to them now have some scrambling to do for Saturday night's local breaks. IIRC, NBC only allows 2 local breaks for local drop-in spots during Sunday Night Football...wonder how many NFL Network will allow, seeing as how they just basically got a a 3-hour commercial free on 2 of the nation's 4 major over-the-air broadcast nets for their narrowcasted product. If those CBS/NBC stations don't get enough local break time during the game's scheduled telecast to squeeze their previously-scheduled spots in (that were bought and paid for already by local advertisers), they're in for a heap of make-up spots.

And you can bet they'll demand satisfaction from the NFL.

In other news, this'll be the first NFL game to be simulcast by more than one domestic over-the-air American TV network since CBS and NBC shared Super Bowl I (a Packer 35-10 victory over the AFL champion KC Chiefs.)




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