NFL Lifting Doubleheader Restrictions?

Mets PoliceSenior Analyst IDecember 28, 2008

A month ago I brought up the silliness of the NFL Doubleheader rules—as if Jets fans were going to blow off today's Dolphins game to watch 49ers-Redskins.   As if Giants fans who are expected to spend $20,000 for PSL's are suddenly going to give up season tickets so they can watch Lions-Packers games.

Finally there is some hope!  According to the Houston Chronicle:

The NFL is waiving the home team blackout regulation Sunday, which means both CBS and Fox will be allowed to show doubleheaders here on the regular season’s final weekend.
Bears-Texans will air on KRIV (Channel 26), with Matt Vasgersian and JC Pearson calling the action, and KHOU (Channel 11) will be allowed to show Patriots-Bills, which has playoff implications, in the noon window.
A league spokesman described the blackout lift as a limited experiment.
Cowboys fans also will benefit Sunday. The league’s decision to switch kickoff for Cowboys-Eagles to 3:15 p.m. means it won’t clash with the Bears-Texans game and, thus, will air on Channel 26.

You mean the league will not fold if some people watch Patriots-Bills?   Does that suggest the Giants season ticket waiting list would go from 50 years to a half empty stadium if CBS New York were allowed to show a 1 pm game?

Come on NFL, loosen up the rules.   Neither the NFL nor the networks will go bankrupt.   While you are at it, encourage more cool web features like what NBC is doing with Sunday Night Football (check that out if you have not yet).

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