Originally posted by boqi:
Originally posted by BubbaParisMVP:
Whoops, I didn't get it across quite right.
On the East Coast the early game starts at 1 o'clock, which is 10 o'clock AM on the West coast. So on the East Coast most home markets have finished their football games by 4 o'clock Eastern (even those playing away games, because they're likely playing in the Eastern and Central time zones). As a result, the 4 o'clock Eastern start time allows the NFL to showcase a game nationally. Take the Pats/Giants game that is currently on. They moved back what would normally have been a 1 o'clock Eastern start time to showcase the game nationally. Taken a step further, if the Niners had played at home today, it wouldn't have mattered a whit to fans in the Bay Area because they'd get their home game regardless.
Next week, here in DC, the Redskins will play at 1 o'clock in Miami which should allow me to see the Niners as the Game of the Week at 4 o'clock.
Slightly clearer mud?
It's making more sense.
The only thing I don't get is why didn't we (West Coast) get to watch the Game of the Week (Pats v Giants on now) on FOX? It's not playing here in SF... :(
because we are a two team market with the Niners and the Raiders and the Raiders were sold out at home---their game is on TV and nothing else is.