CBS will broadcast NFL over Masters, if it comes to it

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The NFL will bend for the Masters, but it won’t break.

According to Sports Business Daily, CBS will switch from the final round of the delayed-since-April golf classic if the final holes haven’t been played by 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, when CBS televises a regional slate of games.

ABC would broadcast any remaining golf, with the CBS announcers still handling the call. Since 1956, CBS has televised every hole of every Masters tournament.

Bad weather isn’t expected for Sunday, but a prolonged playoff could intersect with football.

The NFL already has pushed multiple games from 1:00 p.m. ET into the late-afternoon window, in order to minimize conflicts with the Masters. CBS, which has no early games, will televise Bills-Cardinals, Broncos-Raiders, and Chargers-Dolphins at 4:05 p.m. ET. FOX has Seahawks-Rams, 49ers-Saints, and the cross-flex of Bengals-Steelers at 4:25 p.m. ET.

4 responses to “CBS will broadcast NFL over Masters, if it comes to it

  1. CBS running into the problem that FOX ran into; remember when playoff baseball was on FOX Family?
    Amazed CBS thinks the Masters would outdraw the NFL.
    I’m betting Jags Browns could give 4th round Masters a run for their money!

  2. I’ll take the final holes of the Masters any day over the first half of a Broncos Raiders game.

  3. I can see cutting away for any local games, but I feel like markets with no team playing would be better off joining the game a little late than unnecessarily angering golf fans in Houston just to show them the beginning of the Bills-Cardinals game.

    The Masters ratings are generally decent (11-15 million) but they usually don’t have to go up against Football. I’m interested to see how the single 1PM window on Fox does.

  4. ABC will take over the golf coverage. The NFL is king. A pre-season NFL game draws more fans than anything else sports related. That’s just the way it is. We’re a football nation. But we also can record whatever we want and watch it later. It looks like Dustin Johnson is going to run away with it anyway.

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