Oakland Raiders fan Wayne Mabry aka Violator. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)
Updated Thursday at 6 p.m. from original post of Wednesday morning based on KCBS changes in schedule:
One of the NFL’s seemingly etched-in-stone commandments concerning the protection of a local team’s TV market is the all-out prevention if possible of another game coming into to go head-to-head on a competing network.
Meaning, when the Rams take on San Francisco at the Coliseum on Saturday at 1:25 p.m. (not Christmas Sunday this week), Fox’s KTTV-Channel 11 should expect no other NFL game on CBS in that afternoon slot. Both networks try to stock up on games in the early and afternoon window to accommodate this situation for every market each weekend. Except there now appears to be an exception that could set some precedent if only to keep L.A. content.
KCBS-Channel 2, the CBS affiliate contractually bound to air Chargers games as the franchise claims L.A. as its secondary TV market and, by all indications, may be moving north to actually be in the market in 2017, will not carry San Diego’s 10 a.m. game at Cleveland as originally planned. A 5-9 vs. 0-14 matchup shouldn’t be watched by anyone, but rules are rules.
Instead, a KCBS spokesman confirmed Wednesday night they have been given permission by the NFL to not only drop the Chargers but, instead of another 10 a.m. window game, they can carry the Oakland Raiders’ home game against Indianapolis at 1:05 p.m.
Up against the 4-10 Rams, losers of five straight, against the 1-13 49ers, whose only win was in Week 1 against the Rams on a Monday night.
Last week, the rumblings out of Cleveland was that so few in that city wanted to watch their winless Browns have to face Buffalo (the Bills won 33-13), they lobbied their local CBS affiliate to instead air the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game, featuring the other Ohio team. That didn’t happen whether or not you want to believe that discussion actually took place.
We aren’t aware of any sort of “please switch us away from the Chargers” card played by some L.A. viewers here. And having the Raiders, no matter what time slot, always seems to work for KCBS in the past. Continue reading →
The NBA will market this Christmas Day Sunday as “The Most Dunktastic Time of the Year,” putting out some TV spots that include the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell jingling through it all. As if we need to be sold on NBA Christmas, the 12-hour holiday gift that keeps on giving something to watch on an NFL-light Sunday. Conversely, if you’re not part of this made-for-TV package, they you’re not on the national radar.
So, at the end of the day, after we’ve plowed through Boston at New York (9 a.m., ESPN), a Golden State at Cleveland rematch from last year’s final (11:30 a.m., Channel 7), Chicago at San Antonio (2 p.m., Channel 7) and Minnesota at Oklahoma City (5 p.m., ESPN) we get our geographically friendly Clippers-Lakers 7:30 p.m. game at Staples Center, ESPN and Spectrum SportsNet and Prime Ticket, for two teams that you can only hope haven’t overindulged on eggnog during the day-long gift exchange. Otherwise this could come out looking uglier than some of the Ugly Christmas sweaters the NBA actually also tries to sell this time of year as some sort of quirky thing to wear.
The league waited nearly two full months before making the two L.A. teams face off for the first of four scheduled meetings. Maybe it so each could find their footing before trying to claim hallway right-of-way protocol. The Clippers’ and Lakers’ records are, to this point, pretty much reversed, as sort of expected, except that Luke Walton’s team was probably better equipped to face Doc Rivers’ group earlier, before this December-not-to-Remember stretch happened. It’s the first time the Lakers are able to take their home court in weeks, having been banished (as well as the Clippers and Kings) because of a Disney ice show.
If something goes wrong here, the Lakers can consider regifting another loss to the Clippers when they meet again on Jan. 14, March 21 and April 1. The rest of the week for the Lakers, Clippers, Rams, Kings, Ducks and about the worst schedule of college bowl games ever…