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Sports bar Sunday for much of New England

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff September 24, 2009 10:17 AM

Hey, “New England.” Enjoy the Giants game on Sunday.

We can’t be sure if it’s pandering to the New York leaf-peepers set to invade the Berkshires, Vermont, and New Hampshire, but Patriots fans in those regions are going to be hard-pressed to find this weekend's game against Atlanta on their home television sets. Fox will instead beam the Buccaneers-Giants game to most of Vermont, all of Connecticut, and even portions of Western Mass. and New Hampshire.

Here’s the map, courtesy the 506.com. Red represents the Falcons-Patriots game. Blue represents Giants-Bucs.


Connecticut, well, that’s to be expected. But here’s the reasoning behind Massachusetts and Vermont. According to the Berkshire Eagle, WXXA, the Fox affiliate in Albany, N.Y., has not granted rights for an alternate out-of-market affiliate to air the Patriots game. "Fox in Albany will not grant us that privilege," Brian Johnson, the cable commission chairman for the City of Pittsfield told the paper. "They won't give Time Warner Cable an alternate station for us to use. That's what's blocking the Patriot game on that day.”

In Vermont, the Fox affiliate may be located in Colchester, but it also beams its signal across Lake Champlain to Plattsburgh, N.Y., and as far south as Plymouth, N.H. It apparently, for reasons unknown, is being fed the Giants game despite its heavy coverage in the state of Vermont.

Maine and Rhode Island are the only entire New England states that will see the Falcons take on the New England Patriots. Brilliant.

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