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Why are some sporting events not broadcast as advertised in the TV listings?

All programming decisions are made by each individual network. Networks occasionally make changes to an event shown on a channel before an update can be made to TV listings.

Common reasons for this include the following:

  • Sporting events are sometimes canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, mainly weather. A different program may be shown in its place, and the rescheduled game may be unexpectedly broadcast on the channel at a future date.
  • To accommodate league rules, networks may be forced to make a late programming change. For example, the NFL may move a Sunday morning game to Monday night.
  • Some networks move games to other channels they own to make space for a different game. For example, ESPN may move a college football game from ESPN to ESPN 2.
  • Networks may add games they consider to be of higher interest that they were not previously going to broadcast, showing that game to a particular region in place of another.

For the most up-to-date listings for sporting events, check Game Finder.

Article Number: 2014

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