The eighth amendment protects Americans against cruel and unusual punishment, which theoretically should safeguard NFL fans from ever having to watch a Jacksonville Jaguars game. But because of the NFL's arcane rules about secondary television markets, Orlando is stuck having to watch the woeful Jags. That means football fans hoping to see the 4:25 p.m. Manning Bowl between the Denver Broncos and New York Giants instead had to sit through Jacksonville play Oakland.That's like expecting to seeCitizen Kane but getting Grown Ups 2instead.
The city's CBS affiliate,WKMG TV, realized the absurdity of this arrangement and tried to make amends by offering fans an apology via a bottom-screen scroll during the 1 p.m. game.
The station's general manager is as upset as anyone.
"I know it's frustrating, but as a CBS station in this market you have to carry the away games," Skip Valet told the Associated Press.
Some Orlando viewers responded to the message on Twitter, but I assume most didn't see it because they were too busy watching RedZone.