Week 4 broadcast maps: spread your tiny wings and fly away

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 01, 2009

Our weekly look at which markets are getting what games from the networks, courtesy of the gang at the506.com. They're interesting because they tell us what match-ups are valuable to the networks.
The Baltimore-New England broadcast from Foxboro draws the top tandem of Nantz-Simms in the early hour, indicating that the Brady-Flacco battle has a bit more star power in the eyes of the eyeball network than the week's true statistical bloodbath, of Jets-Saints. That battle of New Orleans, in the late hour, pitting one of the league's top pass defenses against one of the league's most prolific passing attacks, garners the No. 2 crew of Gumbel-Dierdorf.
A series of four games, divided almost exclusively along regional lines. We're surprised that Peyton Manning, probably the league's top TV draw, doesn't generate wider broadcast coverage for the Seattle-Indy game. That contest will be seen almost exclusively in their regional sweet spots, not to mention in Manning's hometown of New Orleans.
Curiosity of the week: Most of Florida gets the Tampa Bay-Washington game. But the New York snowbirds and transplants in South Florida are evident by the fact that the Miami market will see the Giants-Chiefs game.
That curiosity reminds us, like many things in our lives, of a bad song:
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The eternal appeal of America's Team is always evident in these broadcast maps. The Cowboys-Broncos old west battle draws Fox's top team of Buck-Aikman, not to mention the widest coverage of any game this week.

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