The NFL on TV: Who decides what games air where?

Published: Oct. 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM CDT
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Wondering why some NFL games air on KSLA-TV and some don't?  Here is a brief explanation.

Under the current NFL contracts, CBS currently has the "AFC package."  FOX has the "NFC package."  This means that CBS reserves most rights to AFC games and FOX has most rights to NFC games.

Current TV contracts between the NFL, CBS, NBC, FOX and ESPN state that only three games can only be broadcast during the Sunday morning (12pm) and afternoon (3/3:15pm) time slots.  One network is allotted a doubleheader each week.

Example: CBS - 12pm & 3:15pm, FOX - 3:15pm

CBS has the doubleheader rights this week and will be showing the Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets at 12:00pm and another AFC game at 3:15pm.

KSLA does not have a choice in which games are aired on CBS.  CBS Sports chooses the games regionally and airs the NFL on Ch. 13 every Sunday during the football season and into the playoffs.

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