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Patriots Reportedly Fight To Keep Tebow Matchup Off Prime Time

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    Vinnie Iyer Sporting News

    Quarterback Tim Tebow has been a prime-time player for the Denver Broncos, but that fact wasn't good enough to the move his team's marquee Week 15 home game against the New England Patriots away from network television's late-afternoon window.
    The NFL announced Wednesday the Broncos will face the Patriots as originally scheduled at 4:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 18, keeping the potential huge-ratings game on CBS. The Denver Post had reported Tuesday the network was in a tug of war with NBC, which was hoping to showcase Tebow on Sunday Night Football.
    Instead, NBC will go ahead and air the previously scheduled game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers.
    According to the Post, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was a key figure in pushing for the game time to remain unchanged.
    [​IMG]Thanks in part to owner Bob Kraft, right, Bill Belichick's Patriots avoid a Sunday night game against the Broncos. (AP Photo)
    Based on the flex scheduling plan, which is in effect for the final eight weeks of the season—with the except of the Christmas-effected Week 16—it was understandable that Patriots at Broncos was the object of a desired move.
    Tebow has helped make Denver a more nationally popular team, and the Patriots always have flex appeal with their star quarterback, Tom Brady.
    But it's understandable why CBS fought hard to keep Tebowmania on its airwaves for the second-year sensation's biggest game to date. Because of flex scheduling in Week 13, the Broncos-Vikings game that was supposed to air on CBS—as in the case with AFC inter-conference road games—moved to Fox, which would have had only two 1 p.m. ET kickoffs otherwise.
    Tebow and his team put an exciting show in Minnesota, rallying to win a 35-32 thriller.​


    The only reason that I posted this is to inform members that the flex scheduling will not affect our Sunday night game against the blackbirds. ​

    Pointy :cool:

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