Due to NFL Rules . . .
After the Dallas-Washington game, FOX showed bonus coverage of the exciting Philadelphia-New York Giants game. But, they warned us, “due to NFL rules,” they’d have to abruptly cut away at the quarter hour.
The quarter hour struck, naturally, at a critical juncture in a 31-31 game. Curt Menefee comes back and says, deadpan, “We’d loved to have been able to show you the rest of the game but, due to NFL rules, we can’t.”
Now, I’ve got NFL Sunday Ticket and am therefore able to watch whichever games I please. But it’s simply idiotic of the NFL not to allow some small leeway to their affiliates to show the closeout of tight games. I understand that the networks alternate double headers and that going late on the early game takes away from the audience of the network with the second game. But, come on, missing a few minutes of the first quarter isn’t a big deal. Fans of one of the teams being shown on the other network will flip over, anyway. And those who are simply NFL fans are being hosed by not getting to see the conclusion of exciting contests.