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2009 NFL Season
Maps are uploaded by Wednesday each week.

Week

Date

CBS FOX Sunday Night Monday Night Thurs./Fri./Sat. Byes
1 Sept. 13 Single Early | Late CHI @ GB BUF @ NE
SD @ OAK
TN @ PIT (Th NBC)  
2 Sept. 20 Early | Late Single NYG @ DAL IND @ MIA    
3 Sept. 27 Early | Late Single IND @ AZ CAR @ DAL    
4 Oct. 4 Single Early | Late SD @ PIT GB @ MIN   AZ, ATL, CAR, PHI
5 Oct. 11 Early | Late Single IND @ TN NYJ @ MIA   CHI, GB, NO, SD
6 Oct. 18 Early | Late Single CHI @ ATL DEN @ SD   DAL, IND, MIA, SF
7 Oct. 25 Single Early | Late AZ @ NYG PHI @ WSH   BAL, DEN, DET, JAX, SEA, TN
8 Nov. 1 Single Early | Late none ATL @ NO   CIN, KC, NE, PIT, TB, WSH
9 Nov. 8 Early | Late Single DAL @ PHI PIT @ DEN   BUF, CLE, MIN, NYJ, OAK, STL
10 Nov. 15 Single Early | Late NE @ IND BAL @ CLE CHI @ SF (Th NFLN) HOU, NYG
11 Nov. 22 Early | Late Single PHI @ CHI TN @ HOU MIA @ CAR (Th NFLN)  
12 Nov. 29 Single Early | Late PIT @ BAL NE @ NO GB @ DET (FOX)
OAK @ DAL (CBS)
NYG @ DEN (NFLN)
 
13 Dec. 6 Single Early | Late MIN @ AZ BAL @ GB NYJ vs BUF (Th NFLN)
(in Toronto)
 
14 Dec. 13 Early | Late Single PHI @ NYG AZ @ SF PIT @ CLE (Th NFLN)  
15 Dec. 20 Single Early | Late MIN @ CAR NYG @ WSH IND @ JAX (Th NFLN)
DAL @ NO (Sat NFLN)
 
16 Dec. 27 Early | Late Single DAL @ WSH MIN @ CHI SD @ TN (Fri NFLN)  
17 Jan. 3 Early | Late Early | Late CIN @ NYJ none    

Games in italics are Sunday Night flex games, subject to change.

Previous Seasons: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Info and FAQ's

Who the heck are you?
I'm just a fan (a Patriots fan, thank you very much :)) interested in what games are shown where. At first this page was only posted to a couple of TV message boards, but this season many people have posted it to more general football boards where people aren't as knowledgeable of the NFL's TV rules. After reading some of the pages where these maps have been posted, I've noticed some questions coming up over and over again, which I have attempted to answer below.

Where do you get your data?
Same place you would. I get info from titantv.com (which has a customizable lineup so I can see all CBS stations on one page), with tv.yahoo.com and zap2it.com filling in some gaps. foxsports.com also has a list of affiliates with their games.

When are the maps updated?
Usually Wednesday night or Thursday afternoon for that weekend's games. Updates and corrections on Friday if needed.

What do the grey areas mean?
Welcome to the world of blackout rules. The short answer is: no game at all. This can be due to one of two rules: a) no games can air at the same time as a local team's home game on another network, or b) if a game is blacked out because it doesn't sell out, the network with the doubleheader can only show one game. Donít shoot the messenger, I think the rules are stupid too.

So what exactly are the blackout rules?
The short answer: If a game doesn't sell out within 72 hours of kickoff, there is no local television broadcast. "Local" in this case is defined as anywhere within 75 miles from the stadium. If a station from outside that 75-mile zone has any part of its coverage area crossing over, it gets blacked out too. This is why virtually all of Arizona, for instance, gets blacked out of Cardinals games. If a team comes close to selling out, the NFL can grant a 24-hour extension.

Who decides what games get shown in my area?
The networks, with some guidance from the NFL. The league sets "primary markets" and "secondary markets" for most teams, and those markets are required to show all road games involving the "local" team. Primary markets are required to air home games too, unless they don't sell out. The "primary market" is the market in which the team is physically located (i.e. Boston for the Patriots). The "secondary markets" are adjoining markets assigned at the discretion of the league (again using the Patriots example, Providence). Secondary markets are not required to air home games, and if there's another team nearby, they don't. Not all markets are designated by one team or another as a secondary market (in fact, most aren't), usually only the ones closest to the stadium -- the ones that would be blacked out if not a sellout. Other markets can air one teamís games more often than not, but that rule isnít set in stone. Some stats about airing patterns: 2005, 2006.

Harrisburg PA is a good example. Because Baltimore is the closest team, the NFL has designated it a Ravens secondary market. However, the stations there have noticed there are more Steelers fans. So the CBS affiliate there, despite having to air Ravens *road* games in case of a Steelers conflict (and enduring the wrath of the local fans every time it happens), they do air the Steelers whenever the Ravens play at *home*.

Outside of these primary and secondary markets, and even in them if the local team isn't playing, the network is the sole arbiter of what game gets shown where, but usually after taking input from the local affiliates. Affiliates can request a particular game be shown to their market, and the network will (usually) agree unless it runs against the secondary market rules. The CBS affiliate in Orlando in 2005, after several desperate attempts, couldn't show a Dolphins-Buccaneers game because, for some reason, the NFL said Orlando is a Jaguars market.

As I said earlier, stations in the 32 team markets are not allowed to air a game if the other network has a local team's home game at the same time. Instead, they have to air one in the other timeslot. The rule does not specifically apply if the local team is on the road, but that's on the doubleheader network, the singleheader network usually airs a game in the opposite timeslot. This is usually how those Raiders-Texans duds end up on the air in Cleveland.

So what are these secondary markets?
The following list is, from what I can tell, an unofficial list of secondary markets for each team. As described above, there are two rules affecting these markets: a) they must air all road games of the pertinent team, and b) are to be blacked out of home games that don't sell out. Some markets not listed here may air all games of a certain team, but that does not mean they are a secondary market - they only do so at the network's (or station's) own volition.

Arizona: Tucson
Atlanta: none
Baltimore: Washington, Salisbury, Harrisburg PA
Buffalo: Rochester, Syracuse, Erie PA
Carolina: Greensboro, Raleigh, Florence SC, Columbia SC, Spartanburg SC
Chicago: Rockford, South Bend
Cincinnati: Dayton, Lexington KY
Cleveland: Youngstown
Dallas: Sherman, Wichita Falls, Waco, Tyler
Denver: Colorado Springs
Detroit: Flint/Saginaw, Lansing, Toledo
Green Bay: Milwaukee, Wausau
Houston: Beaumont, Bryan
Indianapolis: Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Terre Haute
Jacksonville: Orlando, Gainesville, Savannah GA
Kansas City: Topeka KS
Miami: West Palm Beach, Fort Myers
Minnesota: Mankato, Rochester MN, Mason City IA
New England: Providence
New Orleans: Baton Rouge, Biloxi MS
NY Giants/NY Jets: none
Oakland/San Francisco: Sacramento, Monterey
Philadelphia: Harrisburg, Scranton
Pittsburgh: Altoona, Wheeling WV, Clarksburg WV, Youngstown OH
St. Louis: Cape Girardeau, Jefferson City, Columbia
San Diego: Los Angeles, Palm Springs
Seattle: none
Tampa Bay: Orlando
Tennessee: Chattanooga, Jackson TN, Bowling Green KY
Washington: Baltimore
 

What about Canada?
If you're in Canada you get your CBS and Fox directly from a local station somewhere in the US. Bell ExpressVu carries Boston and Seattle channels; StarChoice gives you a choice between Buffalo, Detroit, Seattle or Spokane. CTV and Rogers Sportsnet information is posted in the forum.

Any more questions? Corrections? Post it on the forum.

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