Sports Media Notebook: NFL glitch

Oklahoman Modified: November 7, 2008 at 9:23 am •  Published: November 7, 2008
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NFL glitch

Fox left viewers of the Green Bay Packers-Tennessee Titans telecast on KOKH-25 Sunday afternoon hanging. Just as Titans kicker Rob Bironas was preparing to attempt a 47-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to win the game, the network abruptly cut away to commercial. Bironas’ attempt bounced off the upright, but the Titans went on to win 19-16 in overtime on his 41-yard field goal.

Fox made the switch only in the home markets of teams in the late game, Dallas at New York Giants, and immediately went to a commercial before joining the game from Giants Stadium.

A Fox spokesman said NFL rules mandate the shift of the home markets for the late game by 3:10 p.m. before kickoff, and the commercial was necessary to allow time for the network to switch satellite signals.

Mike check

Announcer assignments for select football games (with AP rankings):

→No. 8 Oklahoma State at No. 2 Texas Tech, 7 p.m. Saturday, KOCO-5: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters.

→No. 6 Oklahoma at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, KOCO-5: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute.

→No. 1 Alabama at No. 15 LSU, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, KWTV-9: Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.

Short takes

→Fox Sports Oklahoma plans to begin replaying its Thunder telecasts and postgame shows. The replays normally will air at 11 p.m. on the night of the original broadcast.

→NBA TV will televise the eighth annual NBA D-League draft from 6 to 7:30 tonight. The Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s affiliate, will have the first pick.

→Fox Sports Oklahoma will air the Big 12 soccer championship at noon Sunday from San Antonio. It will feature the winners of Friday’s semifinals: OSU-Colorado and Missouri-Kansas.

→Fox Sports Oklahoma recaps the OSSAA state volleyball championships at 9 p.m. Monday.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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