Greetings, All ... the lack of enforcement of secondary market broadcast rules will be on display this week as WBFF in Baltimore will NOT be airing our ROAD game in Chicago this weekend despite the Ratbirds being at home on a three-game weekend.
Recall that when this same scenario presents itself here in Washington - Redskins at home to NFC team on Fox doubleheader day and Ravens on the road at the same time as us - secondary broadcast rules forces WUSA to air the Ravens road game despite PRIMARY broadcast rules stipulating that no game is to air against the sold out home game.
That said, logic would dictate that WBFF in Baltimore be forced to air our road game when the Ratbirds play at home to an AFC team on a CBS doubleheader week which is the case on Sunday. However, WBFF is somehow able to circumvent these secondary broadcast rules, airing an NFC West snoozefest at 1605 instead.
Having seen another thread where someone from the Redskins actually answered, I am hoping someone can shed some light on all this for the fan base in the Baltimore DMA.
The most plausible I have seen is that, once Biscotti purchased the team up there, wanted enforcement of the secondary market rule here in Washington because the Redskins would not agree to having our teams treated as a single market for the purpose of scheduling (a la New York and San Francisco/Oakland).
Is there a reason that WBFF is able to circumvent the secondary market broadcast rule for which WUSA is being held to the fire? If the Redskins are choosing not to enforce the secondary market rule up there, why? I know a number of season ticket holders in the Baltimore DMA who are not able to get DC stations based on where they live up there.
Again, if someone from the Redskins organization can answer these questions, that would be great.