For Those Of You Who Were Blacked Out

Nobody feels worse for you than we do. The NFL’s bizarre rules prevented us from broadcasting the game outside of the Boston-Manchester television market. We were able, through negotiations, to clear towns like Attleboro and Mansfield (technically part of the Providence market – can you imagine if Gillette’s literal neighbors were blacked out?) but for those 50 miles out, you were out of luck.

This hit the Springfield area especially hard, along with parts of Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. We feel your pain. One of the things we are going to do next time is create a map showing the broadcast radius… allowing those of you in the dark to make alternate plans.

Here is a link to a fantastic article in the Wall Street Journal detailing the situation. You should be able to read it for free… if not, leave a comment letting me know and I’ll see if I can get permission to paste it in this space.

I realize this isn’t going to soothe the pain of missing the game last night, but we want you to know we are doing our best. The NFL has a rule requiring all games on cable to be carried over the air in each team’s home market. But the Patriots will be the first to tell you all of New England is their home market. I can’t promise the NFL and all of the cable companies will settle their beef over the NFL Network, but we’ll do what we can to make sure as many of you as possible can see the game.

–SI

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One Response

  1. What made it bad was no warning whatsoever from WCVB, Charter, the NFL or a local newspaper that this could happen. I live in Woodstock CT and my neighbors are livid at missing this game.
    WCVB bears a lot of the responsibility because they advertised and listed this game all week. How could fans have any idea that they would be shut out as soon as All-Access was over.
    RIP OFF!

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