Something confuses the heck out of me in regards to TV broadcasting of (American) Football.
I used to live in Seattle. On Sunday, there were the early games, and the later games. One was selected to be televised at 1:00 (EST), and one at 4:00 (EST), regardless of which time slot the local team (Seahawks) were playing in. Easy enough.
I now live in New York. There are still early and late games, of course, at the same times. There are two local teams (Giants/Jets). But often if neither of those teams is playing in the later time slot, no game will be shown. Why?
Now, the first impression I had was that this was just a remarkably poor programming decision made by TV execs...but I once heard the announcers at the end of the early game say something like:
A: And coming up next, you'll be seeing one of these three games...
B: Unless you're in New York, of course.
A: Of course.
It sounded slightly sarcastic, like they understood that the policy was strange, but expected.
Is there a straightforward explanation for what's going on?