Better hope the Ravens game ends on time
If you're a Redskins fan, here are three things to root for during the early games on Sunday.
1) The Eagles lose to Detroit.
2) The Cowboys lose to Chicago.
3) The Ravens game ends on time.
Because if the Ravens game were to somehow last past 4:15, and you were planning on watching on CBS's DC-affiliate, you'd be out of luck. Because of NFL rules on secondary markets, WUSA must show the Ravens-Bengals game on Sunday, and -- assuming it's a competitive game -- must stick with it until the end. If some nightmare situation involving overtime or a crazily long game develops, the Redskins kickoff would get bumped.
"It's pretty rare [for a game to go that long], but obviously it'd be upsetting to everybody if that happens," Allan Horlick, the station's president and general manager, told me on Tuesday.
A similar situation happened two years ago, and it worked out just fine. Absent overtime, regular-season NFL games virtually never go much past 3 hours and 15 minutes. This would really require a special dose of bad luck. Still, don't hesitate to root against overtime.
"There's nothing we can do about it, it's the NFL's call," Horlick said. "Certain circumstances dictate when we must run the game of a secondary market team. I'm sure there's good and valid reasons for it. Like most people who live in Washington, I'd rather we get to enjoy the entire Redskins game."
(Inspired by The 506)
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