NFL TV Maps for Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling Markets for Week 1

Joyously it is time for NFL action!  Here is the TV situation for the tri-state area for Week 1:

The action starts on Thursday night with the traditional kickoff game featuring the defending champions as Green Bay hosts New Orleans at 8:30pm on NBC with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on the call.  Sunday afternoon due to US Open tennis all CBS games start at 1pm and all local affiliates will show Pittsburgh at Baltimore with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.  Apologies to any Browns fans that read this but WKBN Youngstown is barred from showing Bengals/Browns by NFL broadcast rules.  Youngstown is considered a secondary market of both Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and broadcast rules dictate if a market is secondary for two or more clubs, and those clubs are playing at the same time slot on the same network and that one team is at home while the other is on the road, the network affiliate in that market must show the team that is on the road.  Therefor, as the Steelers are on the road and the Browns are at home, WKBN is contractually obligated to show the Steelers game.

Fox at 1pm is a divided map with Pittsburgh showing Philadelphia @ St. Louis with Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick while Youngstown and Wheeling show Atlanta @ Chicago with Kenny Albert, Darryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa.  At 4:15pm all local Fox affiliates are showing the main doubleheader game which is the New York Giants @ Washington with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.  Also, customers with the NFL Red Zone Channel will be able to watch a continuous live whip around the league all afternoon.

The Sunday Night game on NBC is Dallas @ the New York Jets, again with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.  On Monday Night ESPN will have a doubleheader; at 7pm New England @ Miami with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden and at 10:15pm Oakland @ Denver with Brad Nessler and Trent Dilfer.  As usual this information gleaned from the506.com and subject to change.  Enjoy the games!

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