A primer on the rules for NFL broadcasts

August 3rd, 2015 at 3:15 pm by under Sports

Each year, near the start of the NFL season, I post this blog about the rules and guidelines used to determine what games air on what network and when. There are some changes, which are addressed throughout. All in all, it can be quite complicated but I try to break it down by the various aspects of the rules. And please post any questions you might have.

* The rules are crafted between the NFL and networks which carry the games (FOX, CBS, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network). Local affiliates (i.e. WLUK-TV) have little control in the process – and are sometimes at the mercy of the decisions made on-the-fly by the network.

* The “Fox NFL Sunday” pregame show will start at an hour earlier, at 10 a.m. Central, this season.

* Because we are the home market station for the Green Bay Packers, we are guaranteed to show all of the Packers games on Fox. This year we have nine of those (so far). Home market status means the local station will air ALL of the game. If the Packers are the late game, such as in Week 4, if the early game is running long, the network will cut away from it to show all of the Packers game – even if that means viewers miss a great ending.

* Starting a few years ago, to help alleviate that problem, the NFL moved the kickoff time of the primary nationally-televised doubleheader game from 3:15 to 3:25pm.

* We air every NFL game we can. We only broadcast a local post-game show when there is no late game available for us to show. When we can show a late game, we will not have a Packers post-game show. As of now, we have three “Locker Room Live” post-games planned: Week 1 after the Chicago game, Week 9 after the Carolina game, and Week 10 after the Detroit game.

* Just because FOX has games in both the noon and 3:05/3:25pm slots does not mean we can air two games every week. The networks (generally) alternate doubleheader weeks. Sometimes we can air two, sometimes we can’t. FOX has at least one late game each week because of the west coast home NFC games in Arizona, Seattle and San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean we can always air them. It’s not our choice – it’s league & network rules. The upshot here: the national on-air promos don’t necessarily translate to games on air in Northeast Wisconsin for Fox 11.

* FOX assigns us the other games, based on regional interest or national importance. This means we usually get NFC North games. (Looks like lots of the Lions this year.) We can request a change, but the network doesn’t have to grant it.  Each week, usually on Wednesday or Thursday, we post which game will have on our Facebook page. The announcement will also be in our ticker on the bottom of the screen during FOX 11 News.

* For non-prime-time games between teams in different conferences, the network of the visiting team gets the rights – in most cases. That’s why Fox 11 will have the Packers at Oakland game, and CBS will have the San Diego at Green Bay game.

* Starting last year, it is easier to shift games between Fox & CBS on Sundays, regardless of conference affliation. This tool may be used to even out the number of games aired on each network, or to get a high-interest more distribution – even if it’s on the ‘wrong’ network. This is called a “cross flex.” This rule is why the game between two NFC teams – Packers vs. Rams – will be on CBS in Week 5. Other games could be changed during the season.

* Even if it is a Fox doubleheader Sunday, Fox 11 can’t air a game at the same time as a Packers home game. So, while Week 5 may be a Fox doubleheader Sunday, the NFL prohibits us from showing a noon game opposite the Packers game on CBS. The same rule applies that on a CBS doubleheader week, WFRV can’t air a different game during a Packers home game on Fox 11. (So, WFRV can’t air several noon games). The only exception to this is Week 17, when both networks get two games because of playoff implications.

* Local fans are guaranteed to see all of the Packers games on local broadcast stations, even if they are on cable (ESPN or the NFL Network). Those networks put the games up for bids to the local stations for the right to air them. I don’t know who has the rights to the Week 3 game against Kansas City, for example, but it’s not Fox 11.

* The local stations have no control over the flexible scheduling. For the last 12 weeks of the year, the NFL may decide to change games to give NBC a more attractive game in its Sunday night time slot. Games may also move between the early and late doubleheader slots. Thursday and Monday night games do not change.

* Specifically, NFL on FOX games scheduled in Weeks 6-10 are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan. During this period, flexible schedule can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into prime time and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

* Additionally, NFL on FOX games scheduled in Weeks 11 – 17 are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan. After consultation with FOX Sports, the NFL will determine start times on these dates, with a game or games possibly moving to the late afternoon broadcast window.

* For the second consecutive year, we will have an early Sunday game, due to a contest in London. In Week 8, the day starts with Detroit vs. Kansas City at 8:30 a.m., then Minnesota vs. Chicago at noon, and Seattle vs. Dallas at 3:25 p.m.

* WLUK-TV has no control who the announcers are. You can call the Fox Sports broadcast comment line at 310-369-9111 to offer the network your views.

* While there are few preseason games on network television, the rights to the majority of preseason games are sold by the teams to stations of their choosing. The rules described above generally don’t apply to the preseason. None of the Packers preseason games are on national television this year. All air on a statewide network, including WGBA-TV locally.

Given all of that, here is the tentative schedule for the NFL on Fox 11. Remember, the assignments for the non-Packers games very possibly could change based on how the year develops – so please don’t call in December complaining we aren’t airing a specific game just because it’s on this list now. That said, we should have games in all of these timeslots.

Week 1
Noon – Green Bay at Chicago

Week 2
Noon – Detroit at Minnesota
3:25 p.m. – Dallas at Philadelphia

Week 3
Noon – Atlanta at Dallas

Week 4
Noon – Philadelphia at Washington
3:25 p.m. – Green Bay at San Francisco

Week 5
3:05 p.m. – Arizona at Detroit

Week 6
Noon – Chicago at Detroit

Week 7
Noon – Minnesota at Detroit
3:25 p.m. – Dallas at N.Y. Giants

Week 8
8:30 a.m. – Detroit vs. Kansas City (London)
Noon – Minnesota at Chicago
3:25 p.m. – Seattle at Dallas

Week 9
Noon – Green Bay at Carolina

Week 10
Noon – Detroit at Green Bay

Week 11
Noon – Green Bay at Minnesota
3:25 p.m. – San Francisco at Seattle

Week 12 – Thanksgiving
11:30 a.m. – Philadelphia at Detroit

Week 12
Noon – Minnesota at Atlanta

Week 13
Noon – San Francisco at Chicago
3:25 p.m. – Philadelphia at New England

Week 14
Noon- Detroit at St. Louis
3:25 p.m. – Dallas at Green Bay

Week 15
3:05 p.m. – Green Bay at Oakland

Week 16
Noon – to be determined
3:25 p.m. – Green Bay at Arizona

Week 17
Noon – Minnesota at Green Bay
3:25 p.m. – to be determined

Women’s World Cup on Fox 11

June 1st, 2015 at 10:03 am by under Sports

Fox Sports is the new home for FIFA World Cup soccer. Coverage will include the 2018 and 2022 men’s World Cup tournaments, but kicks off this week with coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is being held in six cities across Canada.

The coverage is being split between three networks: Fox/Fox 11 (16 games), Fox Sports 1 (29 games) and Fox Sports 2 (seven games). Digitally, all games are available on tablets and mobile devices via the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com.

Each team has three games in pool play. Here is the schedule for Team USA:

* June 8, 6:30 p.m. vs. Australia, on Fox Sports 1

* June 12, 6:45 p.m. p.m. vs. Sweden on Fox 11

* June 16, 6:45 p.m. vs. Nigeria on Fox 11

For a full list of all of the games, click here.

When games are on Fox 11, they will pre-empt some of our regular programming. We will post updates on air, on the ticker, through our Facebook page, and online. You can check out Fox 11’s full daily schedule here.

Some days, shows such as “Wheel of Fortune” or “Jeopardy!” may be moved to other times. “Wheel” airs at 5:30pm, for example, for a couple of 6pm weekday games. Other shows will not be aired and would be ‘skipped’ – such as “Ellen” and “Judge Judy” on days with 2pm weekday games. It all depends on the day and time of the game.

Also, for the schedule below of games on Fox 11, the time listed is when pre-game coverage starts. In most cases, the matches will start about 45 minutes after the time listed here. All times here are Central.

Sunday, June 7
11am – Norway vs. Thailand
2pm – Germany vs. Ivory Coast

Monday, June 8
2pm – Sweden vs. Nigeria

Tuesday, June 9
11am – France vs. England
2pm – Colombia vs. Mexico

Friday, June 12
6pm – USA vs. Sweden

Saturday June 13
11am – France vs. Colombia
2pm – England vs. Mexico

Monday, June 15
2pm – Thailand vs. Germany

Tuesday, June 16
6pm – USA vs. Nigeria

Wednesday, June 17
2pm – Mexico vs. France

Friday, June 26
2pm – Quarterfinal
6pm- Quarterfinal

Tuesday, June 30
5pm – Semifinal

Saturday, July 4
2pm – Third Place

Sunday, July 5
5pm – Championship


We know changes to the schedule can be upsetting. We hope this helps you be on the lookout for the changes. And, as always, if you have questions, post them below and we will try to answer.

Rainy Sunday helps the rainfall deficit

May 25th, 2015 at 7:23 am by under News, Weather

Heavy rain at times Sunday amounted to more than an inch in most locations in northeast Wisconsin which helped with our rainfall deficit for the year, although we’ll still need more rain to bring us back to normal.  We have chances for more rain in the forecast over the next week so the totals will keep rising.  If you’re heading to a Memorial Day observance or parade, keep the umbrella close at hand.

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March 25th snow won’t make up for season

March 26th, 2015 at 4:22 am by under Weather

A wintry mix of rain and sleet changed to snow early Wednesday morning and continued throughout the morning commute creating hazardous driving conditions and numerous accidents.  Snow totals were mainly in the 1 to 3 inch range with a few places picking up a bit more.

Our snow has been lacking this year even with the late season snow we had yesterday.  In Green Bay totals for the season are about 15 inches below normal and it doesn’t look like we’ll make up the difference as temperatures are on the rise from this weekend through the middle of next week.

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Unseasonably warm weather through the weekend

March 10th, 2015 at 8:05 am by under Weather

There’s a whole lot of melting going on these days as temperatures have risen well above normal the past few days. (Normal high is 36)   Snow depth in Green Bay Saturday was 4 inches, Sunday it was 3 and Monday, with a high temperature of 53 degrees, the snow depth was down to a measly inch.  It looks like the last inch will melt today with a high of 58.  It doesn’t look like we’ll get a record high today and temperatures will actually cool tomorrow after a cold front pushes through the state tonight.  BTW, if we get to 60 degrees today or Friday as forecast, it will be the first 60 degree day since October 27th of last year.

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We’ll get snow Tuesday, but how much?

March 1st, 2015 at 11:25 am by under Weather


We will have snow on Tuesday.  The big question is how much will we get?  (The image above shows the forecast snow amount for Green Bay by 10pm Tuesday by two different weather forecasting models.)  The latest computer models have a storm arriving Tuesday in the form of all snow for NE Wisconsin.  The snow will start early in the morning, and last through the afternoon.  The heaviest snow will fall around mid-day.  There are two limiting factors to how much snow we’ll get.  The strong lift with this system moves out early in the afternoon, so snow rates will slow down after a brief “burst of snow” mid-day.  Also, by the early evening a dry layer of air will wrap into the storm acting to shut down snow production.  As of now (Sunday morning) it looks like most of our area will get 3″ to 4″ of snow.   Isolated areas could see up to 5″.  We’ll continue to monitor this storm and will bring you the latest updates on Fox 11 News and Fox11online.com.

Winter Storm Possible Tuesday

February 28th, 2015 at 11:17 am by under Weather


Travel Tuesday may be slow and slick across the badger state.

Over the past few days several weather computer models have placed a strong storm system in Wisconsin.  The image above is the forecast track for the storm and the associated swath of snow on it’s northeast side.  The storm track and the amount of moisture in this storm all point to a healthy snow event for NE Wisconsin.

While it’s too far out in time to give specific snow forecasts for each town in NE Wisconsin, I do believe may areas will see 5″ of snow with isolated area getting even more of the white stuff.

The snow is expected to start late Monday night, become heaviest mid-day Tuesday, and tapper off to flurries Tuesday night.  Gusty winds Tuesday night will cause significant blowing and drifting of the snow.  If you have travel plans Tuesday or early Wednesday keep a very close eye on the latest forecast.  We’ll be updating you with the latest forecast here, and on Fox 11 news.

Warming up this weekend but still chilly

February 27th, 2015 at 9:35 am by under Weather

We’ll see a lot of sunshine today with a high near 17. Tomorrow’s high will hit 20 and Sunday’s temperature will top out near 27 with a chance of snow.  We may get a half inch to an inch of snow accumulation from that but it’s a more potent storm that may impact the area on Tuesday that we’re keeping a close eye on.  Heavy snow will be falling Tuesday in the region but exactly where is the question.  It depends on the track of the storm.  The latest ECMWF computer model shows the heavy band of snow across Green Bay and the Fox Cities and areas east  but things may change.  We’ll keep you posted on the newest developments.

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Wind Chills to -20 this morning

February 26th, 2015 at 7:45 am by under Weather

The next 24 hours will bring much colder than normal temperatures (normal high is 32). It’s another cold morning with temperatures below zero and wind chills to -20.  We’ll see chills below zero all day and temperatures will reach near 11. If you’re looking for warmth…you may have to wait a while.  According to the Climate Prediction Center’s latest data, we can expect below normal temperatures overall for the March 5th through 11th period.   The good news is that after, I’m seeing indications of warmer than normal temperatures.  The normal high for March 12th is 37 and by the end of March, the normal high is 46.

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It’s Cold…Again!

February 25th, 2015 at 10:45 am by under Weather

After a high of 34 degrees in Green Bay yesterday, the Arctic air is back!  We’ll see a high temperature near 12 today and 9 tomorrow with a “wake up” temperature of -7 tomorrow morning.  The cold weather will continue through Friday then a warmer weekend is ahead. A winter storm to our southwest will not impact northeast Wisconsin but it will put down 7 to 10 inches of snow in parts of Iowa through this evening.

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