Fresno fans wanting to catch the Oakland Raiders‘ exhibition opener Saturday night against Arizona on a local TV station are out of luck.
For that matter, CBS affiliate KGPE-47.1 won’t be showing any of the Raiders games this preseason.
Instead, Los Angeles Chargers games will have preference, but don’t blame the station.
“With the Raiders’ eventual move to Las Vegas, they want to show this year’s preseason games in Las Vegas as well as the Bay Area,” said Matthew A. Rosenfeld, vice president/general manager of KSEE24/CBS47.
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Turns out, Rosenfeld explained, that NFL regulations cap the number of homes that can receive the exhibition broadcasts.
NFL owners in late March approved the Raiders’ move to Sin City. The team could begin playing there in 2020.
“I believe it is a max of 9 percent of US homes,” Rosenfeld said. “Therefore, the games cannot air in all three markets – Bay Area, Las Vegas and Fresno – because it would exceed the cap. It was not our decision.”
Don’t worry, Raider Nation, CBS47 will again be the home network for the Raiders once the regular season arrives.
The station will show 11 Raiders games, plus a weekly show titled “Silver & Black Attack” every Saturday from 7-7:30 p.m.
Three other Raiders games will be on KSEE-24.1 on NFL on NBC Sunday Night Football. One will be on KMPH-26.1 and another on ESPN.
But for now, if you want to catch preseason games, there’s at least one break coming next Saturday when the Raiders host the Los Angeles Rams. That game will be on KMPH-26.1.
The Rams’ other preseason games also will be on 26.1, while the San Francisco 49ers are on 59.1.
CBS47 will air “Red & Gold Zone,” the 49ers’ weekly show, from 7:30-8 p.m. Saturday during the regular season.
- Aug. 17: Break camp (Back to Alameda)
- Sept. 2: Roster reductions to 53
- Aug. 12: at Arizona, 7 p.m.
- Aug. 19: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 7 p.m. (26.1)
- Aug. 26: at Dallas, 5 p.m.
- Aug. 31: vs. Seattle, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 10: at Tennessee, 10 a.m. (47.1)
- Sept. 17: New York Jets, 1:05 p.m. (47.1)
- Sept. 24: at Washington, 5:30 p.m. (24.1)
- Oct. 1: at Denver, 1:25 p.m. (47.1)
- Oct. 8: Baltimore, 1:05 p.m. (47.1)
- Oct. 15: Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 p.m. (47.1)
- Oct. 19: Kansas City, 5:25 p.m. (47.1/NFLN)
- Oct. 29: at Buffalo, 10 a.m. (47.1)
- Nov. 5: x-at Miami, 5:30 p.m. (24.1)
- Nov. 12: Bye
- Nov. 19: New England (Mexico City), 1:25 p.m. (47.1)
- Nov. 26: Denver, 1:25 p.m. (47.1)
- Dec. 3: New York Giants, 1:25 p.m. (26.1)
- Dec. 10: at Kansas City, 10 a.m. (47.1)
- Dec. 17: x-Dallas, 5:30 p.m. (24.1)
- Dec. 25: at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
- Dec. 31: at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 p.m. (47.1)
x-Subject to change