2007_12_footballtvlogos.jpgFootball fans that are hoping to catch history Saturday when the Patriots face the Giants are in luck. The game was originally scheduled to be broadcast on the NFL Network with local broadcast rights on New York's, nay, Secaucus's WWOR. The NFL has decided that New England's quest for the first undefeated regular-season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins will now be broadcast on CBS and NBC in addition to the NFL Network, WWOR and WCBV in Boston.

The NFL and the two networks reached an agreement yesterday after Congressional pressure from representatives in the affected areas. The NFL Network is currently available for 43 million households nationwide, but is not carried by the cable networks Time Warner, Cablevision or Charter, which obviously cuts down on the network's potential audience. When games are broadcast on cable (either ESPN or the NFL Network), the NFL requires that the game is broadcast on a local station in the each team's primary market.

It will be the first time a NFL game is broadcast on more than one network since Super Bowl I in 1967 when CBS and NBC produced their own versions of the game. Both networks, for better or worse (probably worse according to some reviews of Bryant Gumbel), will carry the NFL Network's production this time around.

WWOR, which was to have exclusive local rights in the New York-New Jersey area was unhappy with the NFL: "The NFL is in clear violation of their agreement with WWOR/My9. We fully expect the league to honor their commitment to My9 as the exclusive free over the air broadcaster for Saturday's telecast of the New England Patriots at New York Giants game." Good luck there, WWOR.

At least all those Giants season ticket holders that are selling their tickets will have some more options to watch the game now. The game starts at 8 p.m. Saturday on CBS, NBC, WWOR (My9 will have pre-game coverage starting at 7 p.m.), or the NFL Network. Feel free to take your pick.