Yell and scream all you like that the punishment doesn’t fit the non-crime, but Fox will send Pete Carroll’s first NFL game in the post-USC era to just nine percent of the country on Sunday — Seattle, the home market; San Francisco, the visiting market, plus Portland and Sacramento. Otherwise, L.A. has to settle for Green Bay-Philadelphia.
It’s not that Fox doesn’t understand the importance of Carroll’s NFL rebirth. They’re allowing Jimmy Johnson, planted in the Fox studio in Century City, to somehow join the broadcast team of Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan and Chris Myers because Johnson “knows first hand how difficult the transition Carroll has had to make from college to pro and can offer that unique perspective,” according to the network press department.
That said, here’s how it lays out for Week 1 for the Southern California, non-DirecTV “NFL Sunday Ticket” market:
== Minnesota at New Orleans: Channel 4, 5:20 p.m., with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kremer.
== Oakland at Tennessee: Channel 2, 10 a.m., with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts (instead of other CBS games: Cincinnati at New England, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms; Indianapolis at Houston; Denver at Jacksonville; Miami at Buffalo and Cleveland at Tampa Bay). Note: CBS has no 1 p.m. game because of the U.S. Open men’s final.
== Carolina at New York Giants: Channel 11, 10 a.m., with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa (going to 59 percent of the country; L.A. misses on Detroit-Chicago, which goes to 17 percent, and Atlanta-Pittsburgh, which goes to 15 percent).
== Green Bay at Philadelphia: Channel 11, 1:15 p.m., with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver (going to 84 percent of the country; L.A. misses on San Francisco-Seattle, which goes to 9 percent; and Arizona-St. Louis, which goes to 6 percent).
== Dallas at Washington: Channel 4, 5:20 p.m., with Michaels, Collinsworth and Kremer.
== Baltimore at N.Y. Jets: ESPN, 4 p.m., with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden.
== San Diego at Kansas City: ESPN, 7:15 p.m., with Brad Nessler and Trent Dilfer.