Originally posted by boqi:
Sorry, but what's the significance of "Game of the Week?" Does that mean it's nationally broadcast? I thought NFL rules were that only 1 game (usually the home team) can be shown on Sunday.
I don't know if this is exactly how it works, but my experience on the East Coast seems to suggest that it works something along these lines:
The Game of the Week is always a 4 o'clock EST start. So it doesn't matter at all on the West Coast, you get your home game come what may. But in the Eastern and Central time zones, where the bulk of the NFL teams reside, the 4 o'clock slot is only occupied when your team is on the road to the West Coast. This allows the NFL to showcase a national 4 o'clock start that alternates between the NFC and AFC, hence the "double header" billing that bounces back and forth between Fox and CBS.
In sum, having the Niners as the Game of the Week next week is a boon for California's expatriated refugee population. Provided our adoptive home market isn't playing a 4 o'clock start.