Saints games being shown on FOX affiliate in L.A.
Rather, they have been showing the Saints.
Courtesy of gribblenation.com, a map is attached that shows the broadcast areas nationally for the first FOX-broadcast game from this past Sunday. Note the areas that the Saints-Browns game was shown:
The map reveals that the Saints-Browns game was shown in three areas (identified in green) - the New Orleans market, the Cleveland market, and Los Angeles.
Now, in Week 2, the upcoming Saints-Packers game is also slated to be shown in the Los Angeles area, according to this FOX Sports affiliate schedule.
The likely reason for this is that FOX is giving fans in Los Angeles, where Bush played his collegiate career at USC, an opportunity to watch their favorite Trojan son.
Of course, it also could be that the NFL is establishing a fan base there for their future home team, under the guise of letting Trojan fans follow Bush's pro career.
At this point, of course, it's speculative and too early to tell. But the NFL will get a team in L.A. at some point, and if negotiations go poorly after the season between Tom Benson and Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, the Saints could be the team to fill the L.A. void.
By most recent estimates, the NFL wants a stadium to be operational by 2010 or 2011 at the latest. A team could possibly relocate prior to that if need be. Coincidentally, the Saints' current lease with the state of Louisiana concludes in 2010.
As always, I'll be keeping a close eye on the situation.
And Los Angeles will be keeping a close eye on Reggie Bush and the Saints via their local FOX affiliate.
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