August, 2012

The rules for airing NFL games

August 30th, 2012 at 8:25 am by under Sports

With the start of the NFL regular season just around the corner, I thought an explanation of the rules governing broadcasting NFL games might be helpful. Hopefully, this will answer some of your questions about game assignments and the process used.

* 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.

* 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). If the Packers are the late game, such as in Week 1, if the early game is running long, we will cut away from it to show all of the Packers game – even if that means viewers miss a great ending.

* New this year: To help alleviate that problem, however, the NFL has moved the kickoff time of the primary nationally-televised doubleheader game from 3:15 to 3:25pm. Even though the original schedule released by the league doesn’t reflect it, the Packers games vs. the 49ers (Sept. 9) and Saints (Sept. 30) will start at 3:25pm. As of now, those are the only two Green Bay games affected. However, that doesn’t mean that all of the late games will start at 3:25 – just the games on the network with the doubleheader.

* We air every NFL game we can. If we have a post-game show, it’s not replacing a game that’s available to us. As of now, we have five “Locker Room Live” post-games planned: Oct. 7 (Colts), Nov. 4 (Cardinals),  Nov. 18 (Lions), Dec. 2 (Vikings), and Dec. 16 (Bears).

* Just because FOX has games in both the noon and 3:15/3:25pm 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 usually has at least one late game 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 on-air promos don’t necessarily translate to games on air for Fox 11.

* FOX assigns us the other games, based on regional interest or national importance. This means we usually get NFC North games. We can request a change, but the network doesn’t have to grant it. In Week 1, for example, we were assigned Washington at New Orleans for the noon game but we requested the be Rams vs. Lions. We will find out next week which game we get. Each week, usually on Wednesday or Thursday, we post which game will have on our Facebook page.

* For non-prime-time games between teams in different conferences, the network of the visiting team gets the rights. That’s why Fox 11 will have the Packers at Colts game, and CBS will have the Jacksonville & Tennessee at Green Bay games.

* Even if it is a Fox doubleheader Sunday, Fox 11 can’t air a game at the same time as a Packers home game. On Oct. 28, for example, we will only air the second game of the doubleheader, and can’t air any of the four early Fox games (ATL @ PHI, WSH @ PIT, CAR @ CHI, SEA @ DET). The same holds that on a CBS doubleheader week, WFRV can’t air a different game during a Packers home game on Fox 11. 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 which local station has these games, but it’s not Fox 11.

* The local stations have no control over the flexible scheduling. For the last seven 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.

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.

If you have any questions, post them below!

Noon – St. Louis at Detroit, or Washington at New Orleans
3:25pm – San Francisco at GREEN BAY

Noon – Minnesota at Indianapolis

Noon – St. Louis at Chicago

Noon – Minnesota at Detroit
3:25pm – New Orleans at GREEN BAY

Noon – GREEN BAY at Indianapolis

Noon – Detroit at Philadelphia, or Dallas at Baltimore
3:25 – NY Giants at San Francisco

Noon – GREEN BAY at St. Louis

3:25pm – New York Giants at Dallas

Noon – Arizona at GREEN BAY

Noon – Detroit at Minnesota
3:25pm – Dallas at Philadephia

Noon – GREEN BAY at Detroit

Thanksgiving, 3:25pm – Washington at Dallas
Sunday – Noon – Minnesota at Chicago
3:25pm – San Francisco at New Orleans

Noon – Minnesota at GREEN BAY

Noon – Chicago at Minnesota
3:25pm – New Orleans at New York Giants

Noon – GREEN BAY at Chicago

3:25pm – Chicago at Arizona

Noon – GREEN BAY vs. Minnesota
3:25pm – to be determined, based on playoff races

College football on Fox 11 & CW14

August 27th, 2012 at 4:01 pm by under Sports

More football!

While Fox has a strong sports lineup – the NFL, NASCAR and Major League Baseball – we are pleased that the network is adding significantly this year to its college football lineup. When combined with the college football slate on CW14, we’ve got three of the country’s best conferences – ACC, Big 12 and Pac 12 – on our stations.

The action starts this Saturday, Sept. 1. Start your day on CW14, with the ACC Blitz pregame show at 11am, followed by a game at 11:30am.

For much of the season, Fox 11 will have doubleheaders on Saturdays, with games starting at 3pm. That won’t happen the first few weeks, however, because we’ve still got the major league baseball game of the week

The schedule for the first three weeks is posted below. After that, games will be determined each week. We will post the games on our Facebook page and put the information in the ticker in the newscasts.

Sept. 1
11:30am – Elon at North Carolina on CW14
3pm – MLB: Cardinals vs. Nationals on Fox 11
6:30pm – Hawaii at USC on Fox 11

Sept. 8
11:30am – Ball State at Clemson on CW14
3pm – Baseball game of the week, teams TBA, on Fox 11
6:30pm – Nebraska at UCLA

Sept. 15
11:30am – Connecticut at Maryland on CW14
3pm  – Baseball game of the week, teams TBA, on Fox 11
6:30pm – USC at Stanford

Fox 11 will end the season with the Pac 12 Championship on Nov. 30, the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 1, and the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.

Thanks for watching. We hope you enjoy the coverage!

Warming up with Sunshine 082112

August 21st, 2012 at 6:45 am by under News, Weather

We may see some patchy fog this morning, otherwise it’s shaping up to be a warmer, beautiful day with lots of sunshine. An area of high pressure will influence our weather the next few day.  The center of that system will be right over the state today which not only means sunshine but also light winds (west at about 5 mph).  The next best chance of rain and thunderstorms is on Friday.  Have a great day

The Packers 4×100 Relay Team

August 12th, 2012 at 7:43 pm by under Sports

I’m not sure what this says about my reporter-ing skills, but today I asked a question that took more time and thought to answer than any I’ve asked in a while.  The question was: which Packers would make the fastest 4×100 relay team.  Hard-hitting stuff, but it inspired some thought.

Jordy Nelson’s team: himself (running the anchor leg), Sam Shields, Tramon Williams and Randall Cobb.  Cobb was his last addition to the team.

Jerron McMillian’s team: himself, Shields, Cobb and Aaron Rodgers.  Rodgers may be a bit outside the box, but he can pass the baton (GET IT???  Hard-hitting humor, too).

For what it’s worth, Shields was the first pick on both those teams, widely regarded for his speed.

So who do you think would make the fastest 4×100 relay team out of the current Packers roster?  Would they give Usain Bolt or Team USA a run for their money?

Breezy today; Nice weekend ahead 081012

August 10th, 2012 at 9:59 am by under News, Weather

We’re drying out today after a very wet Thursday.  Rainfall totals of between 1 and 2 inches was commonplace in the area.  Today we deal with strong north and northeast winds at 15 to 25 mph so hold on to your hats!  The weekend is improving with lots of sunshine and highs in the upper 70s.

A Rainy Thursday 080912

August 9th, 2012 at 9:24 am by under News, Weather

As expected we are getting  rain this morning and although we’ll see a break from it for a time, we’ll likely see more this afternoon, probably after 2 pm in Green Bay and the Fox Cities.   Most of the rain so far this morning has fallen from Green Bay and areas south.  By 10 am Waupaca has already seen almost 2″ of rain.  Keep the umbrella handy!  Our high will only reach 65° which will be the coolest since June 1st!  After today, high pressure will start to build bringing lots of sunshine for the weekend.


Nice Today; Stormy Saturday 080412

August 3rd, 2012 at 10:51 am by under News, Weather

It’s looking good for Packers Family Night with the high near 82° and mostly to partly sunny skies.  The temperature at the time of the fireworks display at 9:45 will be near 73°.  Tomorrow could be stormy but right now it looks like most of the daytime hours will be partly sunny with the best chance for strong or severe thunderstorms to  rumble through late in the afternoon and into the overnight hours.  The primary threat with these storms will be damaging wind and large hail.  Make sure to tune in to Doug Higgins on Good Day Wisconsin Saturday morning and Phil DeCastro on FOX 11 News at Nine for the latest. Have a great day!

July 2012, One for the record books

August 1st, 2012 at 8:00 am by under News, Weather

We start August much the same way we ended July…warmer than normal.  The data is in and July 2012 in Green Bay was the third warmest month on record.  It also set a record for most 90 degree days at 14.  So far this summer we’ve seen 23- 90° or hotter days but there’s still plenty of opportunity for more this month.  It was a wet month for the Green Bay area although in the southern part of our viewing area (Green Lake county for instance) drought conditions persist.  We’ll see some thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow with possible strong or severe storms in the northwestern portion of our area tonight but things look good right now for  Packers Family Night on Friday with a high near 82°.   Have a great day!