DirecTV announces Jets-Bills is available on Sunday Ticket

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Monday night’s Jets-Bills game will be available to NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers, as well as on the local CBS affiliates in the Buffalo and New York City markets.

DirecTV announced this morning that Jets-Bills, which was pushed back from Sunday afternoon to Monday night because of the snowstorm in Buffalo, will be on NFL Sunday Ticket. That only makes sense, as Sunday Ticket subscribers are paying for the privilege of seeing every NFL game. It wouldn’t be fair to Jets or Bills fans who live outside New York that they wouldn’t be able to see the game.

However, it took a bit of maneuvering to reach this point. In fact, DirecTV was telling customers this morning that they wouldn’t be able to see the Jets-Bills game on Sunday Ticket, before reversing course and saying the game would be on Sunday Ticket after all. But now it’s official: If you have DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch Jets-Bills on channel 706 on Monday starting at 7 p.m. Eastern.

The NFL’s contracts with CBS, ESPN and DirecTV made it a bit difficult, as ESPN pays for the exclusive right to televise NFL football on Monday night. ESPN probably isn’t thrilled that some viewers of its regularly scheduled Ravens-Saints game will be siphoned off and will be watching Jets-Bills instead.

This was the right call. Fans who pay for Sunday Ticket are paying a lot of money because they want to see every NFL game. This morning’s announcement ensures that they can.

49 responses to “DirecTV announces Jets-Bills is available on Sunday Ticket

  1. Glad ESPN didn’t fight this. Not a good plan to be “The Bad Guy” even though technically they have leverage. It’s the right call and for the good of the game.

  2. Not true. Maybe you will not be watching but as a Jets fan who lives in the south, I will be tuned in. I pay Directv for the privilege.

  3. Good for Bills & Jets Fans who live outside the home viewing areas. Hopefully the Pegulas will experience the Domed environment of Ford field – like they did of various NHL teams’ upgraded locker rooms, and build a stadium with a roof in downtown Buffalo.

  4. If you’re paying an “arm and a leg” for Sunday Ticket, you’re getting ripped off. Call Directv every summer and tell them you’re going to cancel the ticket. They will reduce the cost, sometimes by more than half. Done it for 9 years now.

  5. If you have Sunday ticket, last I checked it was 300 for the year. Assuming you have it for just 1 team, it costs 18.75 a game. That’s not an arm and a leg. In other news there will be 2 lousy games on Monday night.

  6. As a Direct-TV customer, with Sunday Ticket, this has not changed my viewing plans one iota. I would rather watch paint peel than a Jets-Bills game. If the entertainment value of Ravens-Saints was rated at 10, Jets-Bills would be a -3. The only people watching Jets-Bills are Bills fans, Jets fans, masochists, and people undergoing a new version of the Clockwork Orange conditioning.

  7. slvrnblk72 says:
    Nov 21, 2014 11:31 AM

    id rather watch this than the Ravens and Saints

    As a Bills fan I would rather watch the Bills/Jets….Id turn on PBS before I would watch the Ravens….

  8. It’s a football overload to be honest with you…I enjoy the fact that I can watch every NFL game but the fact that I can’t “watch” every NFL makes me upset lol!

  9. I’m not so sure ESPN would have the right to block airing this. I would love for a legal analyst to actually look over the contracts and see if they in fact would. Does the contract say they have the right to televise ANY AND ALL Monday night games? If it does, then they could have blocked it presumably. However, if there is any kind of way that it is in there (or not) that they cannot control a game moved to Monday due to a natural disaster, then ESPn would presumably have no ground. Not an expert here by any means, just thinking out loud.

  10. ESPN sucks. Tirico and Gruden Suck. I’m feeling older than I really am, I’m already saying “I remember when sportscenter was worth watching every morning” and “Monday Night Football used to be good”.

  11. I rememeber back in about ’06 or ’07 when the Dolphins game had to be moved from Sunday to Friday because of a hurricane predicted to hit Miami on that Sunday.

    Directv would NOT let us Sunday Ticket viewers watch the game. I told them I
    disagree, stating that I PAY FOR EVERY GAME.

    They still said they couldn’t watch it, so I demanded a refund for that week (1/17 of the Ticket’s cost)

    They gave it to me.

    I suggest if this ever happens where Directv won’t ;let us watch a game, call them and DEMAND A REFUND FOR THAT WEEK.

    If enough people do it, they will make sure EVERY game is available, like it’s supposed to be.

  12. lonepalm24 says: Nov 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    I’m not so sure ESPN would have the right to block airing this. I would love for a legal analyst to actually look over the contracts and see if they in fact would. Does the contract say they have the right to televise ANY AND ALL Monday night games? If it does, then they could have blocked it presumably. However, if there is any kind of way that it is in there (or not) that they cannot control a game moved to Monday due to a natural disaster, then ESPn would presumably have no ground. Not an expert here by any means, just thinking out loud.

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    I’m not a lawyer, but ESPN has EXCLUSIVE rights to telecast NFL on Monday nights. That means no one else can broadcast any NFL games in that geographical area (in this case, the USA).

    Think about it. ESPN just paid $1.9B to telecast MNF. Don’t you think their ratings would take a big hit if the NFL turned around and sold Fox Sports a different Monday night package, even if Fox got the “B” games.

    It would splinter the audience and destroy their Nielsen ratings, and they would lose millions in advertising revenue.

  13. mudflapjesus says: Nov 21, 2014 3:17 PM

    Like anyone with Sunday Ticket is actually going to watch that awful game.

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    Quit living in the past! Fantasy football, and also betting, has made EVERY GAME important and watchable, even blowouts (garbage time is one of the best scenarios for your own fantasy players)

    I have Sammy Watkins; I’ll be watching both games!

  14. Who cares if it’s a good game on paper? Watching 2 games at once is always better than having one game on at a time. We’re reminded of this every year when the playoffs start and it’s painful to get through the games.

  15. As a Bills fan I would rather watch the Bills/Jets….Id turn on PBS before I would watch the Ravens….

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    Sure ya would! I mean, why would you wanna watch two teams that, you know, actually WIN Super Bowls…

  16. See, I believe the NFL missed a golden opportunity here to get some good PR.

    Auction off the game to the broadcast partners and start it at say 6 PM EST then move the MNF game to 9 or so. Give the proceeds from the broadcast rights to the game to charities in Buffalo who will be assisting with the problems that are sure to come as people dig out.

    Win win for everybody but the NFL screws that up also

  17. I bet both the 3 out of market buffalo fans and the 5 out of market jets fans will be tuning in.

    Other then that its just another meaningless game in the afc least division. That nobody was going to miss if it hadn’t been shown.

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