Another possible conflict for Bucs, Rays
This item is running in Tuesday's paper. Just wanted to throw it out there for the blog audience:
The Bucs could find themselves playing opposite a Rays playoff game for the second time in two weeks. If the Rays and Red Sox advance to a Game 7 in the ALCS, that game would be played Sunday night at Tropicana Field at almost the exact same time the Bucs will be taking on the Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium.
Spokesmen from the Bucs and NBC said Monday it is very unlikely anything could be done to alter the kickoff time of the Bucs' game, even though the games are being played in the same market. It could impact the Bucs in terms of attendance. But on television, football still seems to have an edge here.
When the Bucs and Rays played simultaneously on Oct. 5 -– the Bucs against the Broncos and the Rays against the White Sox in the ALDS -– the Bucs held a decisive edge in television ratings.
While the Rays notched an 11.8 rating on TBS in the Tampa Bay market, the Bucs scored a 22.8 rating on FOX for the 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. time slot. The rating figure is the percentage of television sets in the market tuned in at the time. To be fair, TBS is a cable-only network while FOX is available over the air. Still, the disparity is striking.
"I can't see a scenario other than a disaster where a game would be changed," NBC Sports Communications Director Adam Freifeld said. "Prime-time football has gone up against (playoff) baseball in the past."