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NY shut out of Tebow tilt

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game. (Dec. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Before we wrap things up for the week here, let me get a jump on a question I am going to be getting a lot come Sunday:

Yes, it will be frustrating at 4:15 p.m. Sunday when the New York market is unable to see the Patriots vs. the Tebows in Denver - a game that will go to nearly 80 percent of the nation.

New York and Philadelphia won't see that game because we will get another big one of local interest: Jets vs. Eagles.

The NFL could have accommodated everyone by flexing the Patriots game into prime time, as NBC hoped it would.

Instead the league, under pressure from CBS (and the Patriots) kept the game at 4:15.

On one hand, the way it all played out did not benefit New York-area football fans. On the other hand, the NFL did the fair thing by CBS.

For one thing, the network had had a Tebow game snatched away from it by the league and handed to Fox a couple of weeks ago because of flexing complications.

For another, flex scheduling is designed to avoid stinkers on NBC, not less-than-great games such as Chargers-Ravens.

So, to review: Even as it failed to serve the needs of the greatest number of fans, the NFL did the right thing. Or at least the fair thing. Sorry.

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