NFC South: Dick Stockton

Southern exposure for Week 11

November, 15, 2012
The suddenly-surging New Orleans Saints will play to the largest audience of any NFC South team on Sunday.

Take a look at the map of which games will be broadcast in which areas on Sunday and follow the yellow that represents the game between the Saints and Raiders. The late-afternoon game on FOX, with Dick Stockton and John Lynch announcing, will get much more than just regional play. Aside from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, the game will be available in a large part of Texas, much of California and Nevada, a few pockets in the Midwest and in New York City and surrounding areas.

The 1 p.m. games between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons won’t get nearly as much exposure.

Chris Myers and Tim Ryan will call the game between the Bucs and Panthers, which will air only in the Carolinas and parts of Florida.

The game between the Falcons and Cardinals will feature Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa. That game will be available only in Georgia, most of Arizona and parts of Alabama and Tennessee.

Southern exposure for Week 9

November, 1, 2012
The NFC South will get lots of television exposure in Week 9.

The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints each have prime-time games that will be broadcast nationally. The Falcons host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night on NBC. The Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN on Monday night.

Even the games involving the NFC South’s other two teams will be available to pretty large television audiences. Let’s take a look at the map of which games will be shown in which television markets.

Although the Carolina Panthers are 1-6, their 1 p.m. ET game on FOX (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa) will get huge exposure. I think it’s safe to say that has a lot more to do with the Redskins and Robert Griffin III than it does with the Panthers. The game will be shown in the Mid-Atlantic region, much of the Northeast, most of the Southeast and throughout almost all of Texas.

The Sunday late-afternoon game (FOX with Dick Stockton and John Lynch) between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders won’t be as widely available as the game between the Panthers and the Redskins, but still will get some decent play. It will air in Central Florida, Northern California, part of Nevada and throughout all of Colorado.

Southern exposure for Week 7

October, 18, 2012
Now that we know that the game between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be televised live in the Tampa Bay area, it’s time for our weekly look at what television markets will carry NFC South games on Sunday.

Let’s turn to the trusty maps at

The Bucs and Saints will air at 1 p.m. ET on FOX with Dick Stockton and John Lynch as the announcers. The game will get good, but not great play. It will be aired throughout Florida, except for the Jacksonville and Miami markets, and through most of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, but that’s about it.

The Dallas at Carolina game will air at the same time on FOX with -- Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa – and that game will get more exposure. But I think that has a lot more to do with the Cowboys than the Panthers. The game will air in the Carolinas, a small pocket of Georgia, all of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma and parts of some neighboring states.

But the game that’s getting the most exposure in this time slot is the contest between the Redskins and Giants. As you might expect, that game will air throughout the entire Northeast and also will get some good play out West.

The surprising thing is the Washington-New York game will be carried through most of Georgia, including the Atlanta market. The Falcons have a bye Sunday, but it would be logical to assume their fans might want to see how their NFC South rivals fare.

Then again, the Falcons are running away with the division, so it might make more sense to show Atlanta fans a game involving teams the Falcons could face in the postseason.

Southern exposure for Week 4

September, 28, 2012
Time to turn to for our weekly look at which NFC South games will be shown in which television markets.

Let’s start with the 1 p.m. ET game between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. The FOX game with Dick Stockton and John Lynch will air through just about the entire Southeast, except for most of Florida. That’s pretty solid regional exposure, but the game will be overshadowed on a national basis by the contest between the 49ers and New York Jets, which will be shown throughout the entire Northeast and most of the West Coast.

Now, let’s turn to the late-afternoon games with two NFC South teams playing at the same time. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints travel to Lambeau Field to face the Packers.

Which game is getting better play?

You probably guessed it already. The FOX broadcast with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman of the Packers and Saints will be shown throughout the vast majority of the country, including Tampa Bay because the Bucs’ game won’t air locally because it didn’t sell out.

The FOX broadcast (featuring Chris Myers and Tim Ryan) of the game between the Redskins and Bucs will be shown in Washington, D.C. and surrounding markets, two very small pockets of Florida and what appears to be a very unlucky portion of central Texas.