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.
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.
→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.