Tribune Company today announced that it has obtained the local market over-the-air broadcast rights for six National Football League games carried by the NFL Network during the regular season. The agreement allows Tribune’s stations in New York, Dallas, San Diego, New Orleans, Denver, and Indianapolis to broadcast games that would otherwise be available only to cable and satellite television subscribers in those markets.
The schedule includes one of two regular season games between the New York Jets, led by newly-acquired quarterback Brett Favre, and last year’s AFC Champion New England Patriots.
“Partnering with the NFL to bring these games to a broad audience in these markets is a real demonstration of our commitment to staying hyper-focused on local programming,” said John Hendricks, Tribune Broadcasting’s executive vice president/interactive and broadcast sales. “There’s nothing bigger than the NFL and these games will deliver big ratings for our advertisers.”
The full schedule is as follows:
|Denver Broncos v.
|November 6, 2008||KWGN-TV||Denver|
|New York Jets v.
New England Patriots
|November 13, 2008||WPIX-TV||New York|
|Oakland Raiders v.
San Diego Chargers
|December 4, 2008||KSWB-TV||San Diego|
|New Orleans Saints v.
|December 11, 2008||WGNO-TV||New Orleans|
|Indianapolis Colts v.
|December 18, 2008||WXIN-TV||Indianapolis|
|Baltimore Ravens v.
|December 20, 2008||KDAF-TV||Dallas-Fort Worth|