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Old 12-22-2004, 04:04 AM   #4
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In some cases, the fact that a particular game failed to sell out (Oakland and Jacksonville are the worst offenders) is what triggers the switch; if the same network (FOX or CBS) was not carrying another game in the same time slot as the one that needs to be blacked out (virtually always the late time slot), another game has to be made available for the blacked-out market(s) to watch.

But I've got a more cynical take on this latest move: The league loves the idea that Carolina can become the first team in NFL history ever to make the playoffs after a 1-7 start, so they're "fixing" it so that it happens.
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