- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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Tribune Company announced today that it has purchased local broadcast rights to air NFL Network games this season.
The deal means that all NFL Network games will be broadcast on Tribune-owned stations in every market where the company owns a television station. So locally, Tribune-owned WGN-Ch.9 will broadcast the Chicago Bears' matchup with the Dolphins on Nov. 18 while the Tribune-owned WSFL will air the game locally in Miami.
Typically, NFL games broadcast nationally on cable and satellite are also aired locally in the markets of the competing teams to give fans who aren’t cable subscribers an opportunity to view them on local TV, per NFL policy.
The Bears played games on NFL Network in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but those outings were aired locally on WPWR-Ch.50.
Eight Tribune Company stations will pick up local broadcast rights for six NFL Network games this season, including matchups between the Bengals and Jets on Nov. 25, Texans at Eagles on Dec. 2, Colts at Titans on Dec. 9, 49ers at Chargers on Dec. 16 and Cowboys at Cardinals on Dec. 25.