Rookie QB Baker Mayfield was named the starter for this weekend's Cleveland Browns game against the Oakland Raiders after leading the Browns to a come from behind win against the Jets a week ago Thursday. This is good news for most Browns fans. The bad news is the game will not be broadcast on local television. FOX has the rights to Sunday's game, but are obligated to show the Detroit Lions game that starts at 1pm. you would think, "that's ok though since the Browns game doesn't start until after 4pm!" Unfortunately it is CBS' weekend for a doubleheader so FOX can only show one game. And that game will not be the Browns game. Don't blame our local affiliates WTOL and WUPW. It is out of their control as it falls back on the NFL's broadcast rules with the networks. It is a complicated issue that only results in frustrating Cleveland fans who try to tune into watch their team play after picking up their first win in over a year and a half! Thanks NFL. At least hockey season is almost here.
More of an explanation as to why the Browns will not be televised locally can be found on this Toledo Blade article. Better make plans to head out to your favorite watering hole or a buddy's house who has the NFL Sunday Ticket package.