(WTNH)–Some New England Patriots fans in Connecticut are going to be screaming at their televisions this week, but not because of what’s going on in their game against the Redskins.
Fox 61 will not air the Redskins-Patriots game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, because of a scheduling conflict with the New York Giants game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Giants game begins at 4 p.m., but Fox only has the rights to show one game this week. CBS and FOX typically alternate between weeks in which they can show games at both 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
This week, Fox got the short straw.
You might think the Patriots would be on CBS in this situation, but because New England is hosting the Redskins, an NFC team, Fox has the rights to air the game. Typically, Fox airs NFC games and CBS airs AFC games, but games between AFC and NFC teams go to the network which covers the road team.
“FOX 61 is put in the position to choose between the two most popular teams in this area and ultimately upset a large number of people. FOX 61 has repeatedly expressed this to FOX and the NFL to try and not schedule both on single game weekends,” a statement on the website read.
“FOX 61 generally airs the Giants in these situations as they are the NFC affiliate for the Connecticut television market which is considered all of Connecticut excluding Fairfield County. Fairfield County is considered part of the New York television market.”
So, if you want to watch the Pats in Connecticut this week, you’ll need NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV, or one of the streaming video options the NFL offers.
That, or you’ll have to head to a bar that has DirecTV.
Good luck, Pats fans.