The conflict between the NFL and NASCAR has once again been brought to the forefront. Saturday night’s IRWIN Tools Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled to be broadcast live on ABC. However, in some markets, the race will be preempted in favor of preseason football.
Amazing every year how absolutely meaningless football games can knock a live race off a network station in some markets
— Pete Pistone 😷 (@PPistone) August 21, 2014
According to the release from ESPN, 15 markets in all will be affected by the conflict. The following list from the release outlines the markets that will be affected:
Austin, Texas – race telecast on digital cable: Time Warner channels 811 and 1240, Suddenlink channel 721, AT&T Channel 3024.
Charlotte, N.C. – race telecast on WAXN TV64. Available on Time Warner channel 1230, Charter channel 703, Compas channel 16, Comporium channel 110. WSOC-TV will join race in progress after football game ends.
Casper, Wyo. – only available to satellite TV subscribers
Cheyenne, Wyo. – only available to satellite TV subscribers
Duluth, Minn. – race telecast on digital cable: Charter channel 398, Mediacom channel 113.
Harrisburg, Pa. – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 246, Verizon channel 461, Blue Ridge Cable channel 152, Kuhn channel 67, Nittany Media 228.
Houston – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channels 315 and 685.
Louisville, Ky. – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 432, Time Warner channel 207.
Nashville, Tenn. – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 245, Charter channel 136.
St. Joseph, Mo. – only available to satellite TV subscribers
San Antonio, Tex. – only available to satellite TV subscribers
Sioux Falls, S.D. – race telecast on digital cable: Mid-Continent channels 596 and 614. (Also DISH channel 36).
Tulsa, Okla. – race telecast on digital cable: Cox channel 131.
Washington, D.C. – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 205, Cox channel 806, Verizon FiOS channel 467.
Weslaco, Tex. – race telecast on digital cable: Time Warner channel 877.
Additionally, the release goes on to say the local ABC affiliates in the “Milwaukee, Little Rock, Ark., Jonesboro, Ark., Fort Smith, Ark., and Tyler, Texas” markets will not air the pre-race show in favor of their local news. All five of those markets are expected to join the broadcast in time for the green flag.
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