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NFL Week# 10: With Masters, CBS carries just 3 late games; The early window belongs to Fox

Week # 10 Broadcast Schedule, regional markets, talent and notes

Byes this week: New York Jets , Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta

Fox has the doubleheader this week. CBS is single, real single! Because of the Masters, the network will run only 3 games on Sunday. All will be in the late window. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo won’t work the NFL this weekend. Nantz will be on the Masters, his 35th straight. Romo, a week off. Not a bad deal for the analyst with a rich contract.

CBS’ #2 to #4 crews are assigned to the NFL. (Eagle, Harlan and Gumbel teams) See listings below.

So the breakdown this weekend of the 14 games scheduled:

Fox 9 (including the Thursday night simulcast with the NFL Network), CBS 3, NBC 1 and ESPN 1.

Former Longtime cornerback Aqib Talib makes his NFL broadcast debut. He joins Dan Hellie on the Washington-Detroit game. Hellie replaces Brandon Gaudin who tweeted that he’s ill. Hellie has done games for Fox in the past.

The Masters will end early this year on Saturday and Sunday for a couple reasons. One is that it gets darker earlier in November because we moved the clock back and also CBS’ commitment to the NFL. Saturday, the network was scheduled to carry the Alabama-LSU game but it was cancelled in early evening. CBS will instead show regular programming.

Last year, a deterring weather forecast had the Masters’ final round start and end early. It ultimately turned into Tiger’s championship. But ratings were down because late afternoon and early evening command a greater audience.

From Sports Media Watch: “With the winner of the presidential election projected on Saturday, the cable news networks provided less competition on Sunday and Monday than in the previous week. CNN, Fox News and MSNBC combined to average 4.45 million total-day viewers on Sunday (-6% from 4.71M on November 1) and 9.41 million primetime viewers on Monday (-17% from 11.27 million from November 2).”

Adam Amin and Kevin Kugler are back this week after sitting out last week due to Covid protocol.

Matt Millen is back doing an NFL game this week. Remember, he gave up TV to become the GM of the Lions. It didn’t work out all that well. He does some college games for Fox too. Nice though to see him push back after some health challenges.

Thursday, November 12

Indianapolis at Tennessee , 8:20 p.m. on Fox/NFL Network, Joe Buck, Try Aikman

99% of the country on Fox. The NFL Network is in approximately 65 million homes.

Sunday, November 15

Philadelphia at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. on Fox, Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman

16 markets/13% of the country

Albany, NY-Binghamton-Burlington-Elmira-Harrisburg-Hartford-Johnstown-New York-Philadelphia-Puerto Rico-Rochester-Salisbury-Syracuse-US Virgin Islands-Utica-Watertown

Jacksonville at Green Bay, 1:00 p.m. on Fox, Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard

45 markets/15% of the country

Billings-Butte-Cedar Rapids-Champaign-Chicago-Chico-Davenport-Des Moines-Duluth-Eureka-Fairbanks-Fargo-Fort Wayne-Gainesville-Great Falls-Green Bay-Helena-Indianapolis-Jacksonville-Juneau-La Crosse-Lafayette, In.-Lincoln-Madison-Mankato-Marquette-Milwaukee-Minneapolis-Minot-Missoula-North Platte-Omaha-Ottumwa-Peoria-Quincy-Rapid City-Rochester-Rockford-Savannah-Sioux City-Sioux Falls-Springfield, Il.-St. Louis-Terre Haute-Wausau

The Washington at Detroit, 1:00 p.m. on Fox, Dan Hellie, Aqib Talib

15 markets/8% of country

Alpena-Baltimore-Charlottesville-Detroit-Flint-Grand Rapids-Harrisonburg-Lansing-Norfolk-Richmond-Roanoke-South Bend-Toledo-Traverse City-Washington

Houston at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. on Fox, Dick Stockton, Matt Millen

25 markets/11% of the country

Abilene-Austin-Beaumont-Charleston-Cincinnati-Clarksburg-Cleveland-Columbus-Corpus Christi-Dayton-Erie-Harlingen-Houston-Laredo-Lima-Oklahoma City-Parkersburg-Pittsburgh-San Angelo-San Antonio-Tulsa-Tyler-Victoria-Wheeling-Youngstown

Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1:00 p.m. on Fox, Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston

109 markets/53% of the country

Albany, Ga.-Albuquerque-Alexandria-Amarillo-Atlanta-Augusta-Bakersfield-Bangor-Baton Rouge-Bend-Biloxi-Birmingham-Bluefield-Boise-Boston-Bowling Green-Buffalo-Casper-Charleston-Charlotte-Chattanooga-Cheyenne-Colorado Springs-Columbia-Columbia-Columbus-Columbus-Dallas-Denver-Dothan-El Paso-Eugene-Evansville-Fort Myers-Fort Smith-Fresno-Grand Junction-Greensboro-Greenville-Greenville-Greenwood-Guam-Hattiesburg-Honolulu-Huntsville-Idaho Falls-Jackson-Jackson-Jonesboro-Joplin-Kansas City-Knoxville-Lafayette, La.-Lake Charles-Las Vegas-Lexington-Little Rock-Los Angeles-Louisville-Lubbock-Macon-Medford-Memphis-Meridian Miami Mobile Monroe Monterey Montgomery Myrtle Beach Nashville New Orleans Odessa Orlando Paducah Palm Springs Panama City Phoenix Portland Portland Presque Isle Providence Raleigh Reno Sacramento Salt Lake City San Diego San Francisco Santa Barbara Seattle Sherman Shreveport Spokane Springfield, Ma. Springfield, Mo. St. Joseph Tallahassee Tampa Topeka Tri-Cities Tucson Twin Falls Waco West Palm Beach Wichita Wichita Falls Wilmington Yakima Yuma

Los Angeles Chargers at Miami, 4:05 p.m. on CBS, Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon

30 markets/17% of the country

Albany, Ga-Bakersfield-Biloxi-Birmingham-Columbus_Ga.-Columbus_Ms.-Coos Bay-Dothan-Eugene-Ft Myers -Gainesville-Honolulu-Huntsville-Jacksonville-Los Angeles-Medford-Meridian-Miami -Mobile-Montgomery-Orlando-Palm Springs-Panama City Beach-Roseburg-San Diego-Santa Maria-Savannah-Tallahassee-Tampa-W. Palm Beach

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. on CBS, Kevin Harlan, Trent Green

56 markets/16% of the country

Amarillo-Billings-Bismarck-Boise-Bozeman-Butte-Cape Girardeau-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Chico-Des Moines-Dickinson-Dodge City/Ensign-El Paso-Eureka-Fargo-Florence-Fresno-Ft Smith-Glendive-Goodland-Grand Island-Great Falls-Hays-Helena-Idaho Falls-Jefferson City-Jonesboro-Kalispell-Kansas City-Kirksville-Lander-Lincoln-Little Rock-Minot-Missoula-Monterey-North Platte-Omaha-Pittsburg-Quincy-Rapid City-Reliance-Rock Springs-Sacramento-Salt Lake City-San Francisco-Sioux City-Sioux Falls-Springfield, Mo-St Joseph-St. Louis-Topeka-Twin Falls-Wichita-Williston

Buffalo at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on CBS, Ian Eagle, Charles Davis

139 markets/67% of the country

Abilene-Albany, NY-Alexandria-Alpena-Altoona-Anchorage-Atlanta-Augusta, Ga–Austin-Baltimore-Bangor-Baton Rouge-Beaumont-Bend-Binghamton-Boston-Bowling Green-Bryan -Buffalo-Burlington-Cadillac-Champaign-Charleston-Charlotte-Charlottesville-Chattanooga-Chicago-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Columbia-Columbus_Oh.-Corpus Christi-Dallas-Dayton-Detroit-Duluth – Chisholm-Elmira-corning-Erie-Escanaba-Evansville-Fairbanks-Flint-Florence-Fort Wayne-Green Bay-Greensboro-Greenville, Ms-Greenville, NC -Harlingen -Harrisburg-Harrisonburg-Hartford-Hattiesburg-Hazard-Houston-Huntington-Indianapolis-Jackson-Jackson-Johnson City-Juneau-Kalamazoo-Ketchikan-Knoxville La Crosse  Lafayette, In. Lafayette, La. Lake Charles Lansing Laredo Lewisburg Lewiston Lexington Lima Louisville Lubbock  Macon Madison Mankato Mason City Memphis Milwaukee Minneapolis Monroe Nashville New Orleans New York Norfolk Odessa Oklahoma City Parkersburg Pasco Peoria Philadelphia  Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, Me- Portland, Or Presque Isle Providence  Raleigh Richmond Roanoke Rochester Rock Island Rockford Salisbury San Angelo San Antonio Sault Saint Marie Scranton Seattle Sherman Shreveport Sitka South Bend Spartanburg Spokane Springfield, Ma- Syracuse Terre Haute Toledo Tucson Tulsa Tyler Utica Victoria Waco Walker Washington Watertown Wausau Weston Wheeling Wichita Falls Wilmington Yakima Youngstown Yuma

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. Fox, Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma

65 markets/34% of the country

Albany, NY-Baltimore-Bangor-Binghamton-Bluefield-Boston-Bowling Green-Buffalo-Burlington-Charleston-Charlottesville-Chattanooga-Cincinnati-Clarksburg-Cleveland-Columbia-Columbus-Dayton-Elmira-Erie-Evansville-Fort Wayne-Gainesville-Harrisburg-Harrisonburg-Hartford-Indianapolis-Johnstown-Joplin-Kansas City-Knoxville-Lexington-Lima-Louisville-Nashville-New York-Norfolk-Orlando-Parkersburg-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh-Portland-Presque Isle-Providence-Puerto Rico-Richmond-Roanoke-Rochester-Salisbury-South Bend-Springfield, Ma-Springfield, Mo-St. Joseph-Syracuse-Terre Haute-Toledo-Topeka-Tri-Cities-US Virgin Islands-Utica-Washington-Watertown-Wheeling- Wilkes-Barre Youngstown

San Francisco at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. Fox, Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth

64 markets/31% of the country

Albany, Ga-Alexandria-Atlanta-Augusta-Austin-Baton Rouge-Beaumont-Biloxi-Birmingham-Charleston-Charlotte-Chicago-Chico-Columbia-Columbus-Columbus-Corpus Christi-Dothan-Duluth-Eureka-Fargo-Fort Myers-Fort Smith-Fresno-Greensboro-Greenville-Greenville-Greenwood-Harlingen-Hattiesburg-Houston-Huntsville-Jackson-Jackson-Jacksonville-Jonesboro-Lafayette, In-Lafayette, La-Lake Charles-Laredo-Little Rock-Macon-Memphis-Meridian-Miami-Mobile-Monroe-Monterey-Montgomery-Myrtle Beach-New Orleans-Panama City-Raleigh-Reno-Sacramento-San Antonio-San Francisco-Savannah-Shreveport-Tallahassee-Tampa-Victoria-West Palm Beach-Wilmington

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. Fox, Jack Buck, Troy Aikman

83 markets/34% of the country

Abilene-Albuquerque-Alpena-Amarillo-Anchorage-Bakersfield-Bend-Billings-Boise-Butte-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Champaign-Cheyenne-Colorado Springs-Dallas-Davenport-Denver-Des Moines-Detroit-El Paso-Eugene-Fairbanks-Flint-Grand Junction-Grand Rapids-Great Falls-Green Bay-Guam-Helena-Honolulu-Idaho Falls-Juneau-La Crosse-Lansing-Las Vegas-Lincoln-Los Angeles-Lubbock-Madison-Mankato-Marquette-Medford-Milwaukee-Minneapolis-Minot-Missoula-North Platte-Odessa-Oklahoma City-Omaha-Ottumwa-Paducah-Palm Springs-Peoria-Phoenix-Portland-Quincy-Rapid City-Rochester-Rockford-Salt Lake City-San Angelo-San Diego Santa Barbara Seattle Sherman Sioux City Sioux Falls Spokane Springfield, Il.- St. Louis Traverse City Tucson Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler Waco Wausau Wichita Wichita Falls Yakima Yuma

Baltimore at New England, 8:20 p.m. NBC, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

100% of the country

Monday, November 16

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN, Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick

ESPN is in 85 million homes

This list is unofficial and subject to change. (As of 11.11.20)

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David J. Halberstam
David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History.

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Michael Green
12 days ago

It occurs to me that Romo is quite into golf. I suspect CBS might like to try him on golf … but not starting at Augusta!