It wasn’t quite Heidi part 2but many Raiders fans once again missed a thrilling denouement when their opportunity to watch an overtime victory over Seattle suddenly ended.
Fifty-four years ago this month, NBC decided to stay true to its schedule by leaving the Jets-Raiders game at 7:00 pm ET for the made-for-TV movie Heidi. RedZone took Raiders-Seahawks offline today when it was the only game still played today.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, this is the rule. RedZone is not a Sunday ticket. When only one game is still played on RedZone, the RedZone broadcast ends out of respect for Fox or CBS.
So basically, when there was only one game, RedZone would effectively become a co-broadcast of the game that CBS aired.
To compound the problem in this case, RedZone host Scott Hanson mistakenly told viewers to watch the rest of the game on CBS. Hanson tweeted that he thought the game was being broadcast on national television. But it was a regional broadcast from small national footprint. For anyone else who didn’t get the game through their local CBS affiliate, it’s time 60 minutesnot the 60 minutes played by the Raiders and the Seahawks.
It’s sad, but that’s the way it is. As soon as one game remains on the air, the only way to see it is to be where it is broadcast or have Sunday Ticket.