Ravens-Texans Game Will Be Tough To Find On TV Monday Night

Friday, September 12, 2008

With Hurricane Ike making landfall in Texas sometime early Saturday morning a lot of games have been moved around for the safety of all parties involved. The most moves are obviously coming in College Football (namely the Big XII) with Texas having multiple universities within Ike's path, but MLB and the NFL are also switching things around.

It was announced yesterday that the Ravens and Texans game scheduled originally for Sunday at 4:15pm was moved to Monday night, but not very many people are going to get to see it. The only networks carrying the contest will be local ones and to those of you saying, "but I have the League Pass on DirecTV," not so fast my friend. Via PFT....

We’ve confirmed via communications with NFL spokesman Greg Aiello and ESPN spokesman William Hofheimer that fans of the Ravens and Texans who don’t live in Baltimore or Houston and who have purchased Sunday Ticket specifically so that they can watch the Ravens or Texans play won’t be able to do so this week because of ESPN’s exclusive prime-time rights on Monday night.

This Monday, ESPN will be airing the Eagles-Cowboys game. And so the Ravens-Texans game can’t be televised, except in the teams’ home markets.
Well that's a bummer isn't it? Obviously Sports take a backseat to a storm of this nature, and we're all hoping Ike hopefully passes through Texas without much damage, but you'd think ESPN could waive the exclusivity for the night. The "Leader" is usually very good when it comes to these situations so hopefully the fans of both teams can see the game.

Also, stay safe all of you Texans.

Update: You WILL be able to see the game on DirecTV now. Good on you, ESPN.

ESPN's Contract Prevents Ravens-Texans On DirecTV (Pro Football Talk)


they did this a couple years ago during a miami-kc game that was moved to friday night due to a hurricaine. its stupid because i like many ravens and texans fans now brought the sunday ticket just for the dolphins and the game was blacked out. i dont get this crap at all. its the same with baseball on fox. if your team is playing at 6 on a saturday you dont get to watch till the 3rd inning cuse of blackouts and crap

Anonymous said...
Sep 12, 2008, 3:16:00 PM  

The fine print of the sunday ticket only states that sunday cbs/fox 1pm/4pm games are covered...so it's not like people are being misled by the folks at directv

Anonymous said...
Sep 12, 2008, 3:28:00 PM  

This is a blessing in disguise for us in central Pa. Now instead of being forced to watch a BORING Ravens/Texans game on Sunday while the Pats/Jets are playing, we get the best of both worlds: Pats/Jets Sunday at 4; and Ravens/Texans Monday night.

Anonymous said...
Sep 12, 2008, 3:42:00 PM  

Yeah, I think I'll live even without being able to watch this game.

GMoney said...
Sep 12, 2008, 4:10:00 PM  

ESPN will find a way to cross-promote the game somehow, right Vince Doria?

odessasteps said...
Sep 12, 2008, 4:21:00 PM  

ESPN and the NFL have now done the right thing and changed their minds. The game will now be shown on DIRECTV. http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/09/12/ravens-texans-game-will-air-on-directv/

SportsFanatic said...
Sep 12, 2008, 7:11:00 PM  

to the guy says that its ok for espn to block out the game because direct tv has it in there fine print that it says they wont show the game. its not ok its like saying its ok for me to come up and say ill mow your lawn all year for 40 bucks but then in fine print that ill only come on the 3rd week in months that start with july. just cuse you put it in fine print doesnt mean its right. while i agree with most of you that say they can live without this game, i do feel bad for the ravens fan in seatle that paid 200 bucks just to watch them play each week and cant

zah said...
Sep 12, 2008, 8:37:00 PM  

The DMAs that are scheduled to air Ravens-Texans OTA: Baltimore, Beaumont, Bryan/College Station, Harrisburg, Houston, Salisbury MD, Washington DC.

Yes, the CBS station inside the Beltway will be forced to carry the Ravens. Sweet!

Anonymous said...
Sep 13, 2008, 10:45:00 AM  

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