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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)

By Dan Steinberg  | September 14, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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"Because of NFL rules on secondary markets ... " ???? Bleep that.

What about PRIMARY markets? There ARE rules on the NFL books that say a home game of the home team in the home market is aired in its entirety and WITHOUT competition from other NFL games.

Why doesn't anyone ask the NFL why they don't insist that the same secondary market rules be followed by Fox affiliate WBFF-45 in Baltimore when it comes to showing Redskins games?

There you go Dan. There's a project. The rules are NOT applied in the same manner in both directions of this Washington-Baltimore scenario. Why not?

Posted by: redskinsfreak | September 14, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"Because of NFL rules on secondary markets ... " ???? Bleep that.

What about PRIMARY markets? There ARE rules on the NFL books that say a home game of the home team in the home market is aired in its entirety and WITHOUT competition from other NFL games.

Why doesn't anyone ask the NFL why they don't insist that the same secondary market rules be followed by Fox affiliate WBFF-45 in Baltimore when it comes to showing Redskins games?

There you go Dan. There's a project. The rules are NOT applied in the same manner in both directions of this Washington-Baltimore scenario. Why not?

Posted by: redskinsfreak | September 14, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Agreed and ditto.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 14, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Why are the ravens games even showed in the DC market? I miss the days when Ravens fans used to whine endlessly about how their games weren't on in DC.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 14, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that the Ravens get more ratings in DC than say New England, Indy, or Pittsburgh, so why are we subjected to having their games shown here just because we have the misfortune of being located 30 miles away?

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | September 14, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

There really ought to be a rule that allows the local [Redskins] kickoff to pre-empt the finish of of a late-running game outside the local market.

In this case the Redskins play Houston, and should be able to pre-empt the Ravens here, but not in "Bawlmer"!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 14, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

There really ought to be a rule that allows the local [Redskins] kickoff to pre-empt the finish of a late-running game outside the local market.

In this case the Redskins play Houston, and should be able to pre-empt the Ravens here, but not in "Bawlmer"!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 14, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

There really ought to be a rule that allows the local [Redskins] kickoff to pre-empt the finish of a late-running game outside the local market.

In this case the Redskins play Houston, and should be able to pre-empt the Ravens here, but not in "Bawlmer"!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 14, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

That's such bull$#!7, WBFF doesn't even bother to show Redskins games, but WUSA has to bump kickoff of a Skins game for a Ravens game if it runs long??? I call foul on that.

To make it even worse, I'll be over on the Eastern Shore on Sunday, which means that I likely will not even get to see the game. WBOC will show the Ravens game, and then probably show a friggin' infomercial after that.

Posted by: RCBJr | September 15, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

As redskinsfreak stated, "What about PRIMARY markets? There ARE rules on the NFL books that say a home game of the home team in the home market is aired in its entirety and WITHOUT competition from other NFL games.

Why doesn't anyone ask the NFL why they don't insist that the same secondary market rules be followed by Fox affiliate WBFF-45 in Baltimore when it comes to showing Redskins games?"

This is the argument a number of us have been having for the last few years on these secondary market rules.

According to Wikipedia, the league designates secondary markets that are usually adjoining primary markets within 75 miles of a stadium that don't have their own team.

Yes, the Washington DC DMA is within 75 miles of where the Ratbirds call home but the last time I checked, DC does have its own team. So why are we even being subjected to these rules?

As far as a Ravens road game airing against our home game on Fox (on a Fox DH week) this year ... unlike the last couple of years, no issue. The reverse will happen in Week 7 when we go to Chicago (early game), the Ratbirds host Buffalo early and CBS has the doubleheader. WBFF should be required to air our game under the same rules but don't be surprised if WBFF goes with Cardinals-Seahawks late; real barn-burner out there.

It has been discussed over the last couple of years to designate Washington and Baltimore as a single market for the purpose of scheduling to avoid the scenario of this past Sunday. From what I understand, the Ravens organization has been pushing for it but the Redskins have declined. It would be interesting to get a statement from the Redskins on this.

Back to the secondary market thing ... the rule is that WUSA cover all their road games. The Ratbirds are at home this weekend (early game against the Brownies) which means WUSA could show the Titans-Giants game in that slot. But, NO ... the WUSA guide shows the Ratbirds airing and, because our game in St. Louis is a late start, it is the only game on OTA this weekend.

I sent an inquiry to WUSA on why they are airing the home game when a game of more interest to Redskins fans (Giants) is available. I have received no answer ...

It would be nice to be able to ask someone at the NFL office these questions but I would not know where to start. Perhaps Dan (Steinberg) can facilitate this ...

Posted by: HouseBowlrz | September 21, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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