Our weekly look at which markets are getting what games from the networks, courtesy of the gang at the506.com
. The broadcast maps provide some interesting insight into which games the networks find provide the most national interest and value.
The Old Master
vs. the Young Buck, a Colts-Ravens game with playoff implications and with Indy's unbeaten season on the line, will be the most widely seen contest in the nation Sunday afternoon. The game generates coverage across the vast majority of the nation and the network's No. 2 crew of Gumbel-Dierdorf.
If you look really, really hard you'll see towns that will suffer the indignity of watching the Browns-Lions debacle. God have mercy on the souls of Criqui-Cross for being damned to this hell.
The late slate is split almost evenly between the two big regional battles with playoff implications, Jets-Patriots in the AFC East and Chargers-Broncos in the AFC West. The big-market New York-New England showdown draws CBS's No. 1 crew ahead of the other big AFC games of the day, Indy-Baltimore and San Diego-Denver, both featuring smaller-market teams.
The network's top crew of Buck-Aikman marks the 36th anniversary of JFK's assassination the way they mark pretty much every Sunday of the football season, by sitting near the scene of the crime in the broadcast booth of their second home at Cowboys Stadium. America's Capital vs. America's Team generates Fox's widest coverage of the week. The rest of the slate, with several games that have playoff implications, garner largely regional coverage.
The unbeaten Saints, meanwhile, continue to have trouble generating the kind of widespread exposure generally reserved for teams like the Cowboys, Colts, Patriots and Steelers. New Orleans-Tampa will be seen only along the Gulf Coast.