Ike affects NFL schedule, DirecTV/ESPN agreement unnecessary

Because of threats from Hurricane Ike, DirecTV and ESPN had originally come to an agreement to air the Baltimore Ravens-Houston Texans game at the same time as the Eagles-Cowboys Monday night game. But the storm’s damage has pushed the game forward once again.

The agreement between DirecTV, ESPN and the NFL network would have allowed DirecTV to air the Ravens-Texans game to NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers regardless of EPSN’s exclusive rights to the Monday spot. EPSN would have kept viewers up-to-date on the rescheduled game with highlights and scores.

But Ike did more damage than expected, and because parts of Reliant Stadium’s roof were torn off due to high winds, administrators of the stadium decided there was too much damage to repair before Monday night’s game.

The Ravens-Texans game will now be rescheduled to Nov. 9, creating even further shuffling acts as the previously scheduled Houston-Cincinnati game was scheduled for that date. Cincinnati will now play Houston earlier in the season on Oct. 26 at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Cincinnati will take a bye week on Nov. 9, to allow the Baltimore-Houston game. Baltimore loses its bye week, which was scheduled for that day.

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