Tribune Company will simulcast NFL Network games

The Tribune Company has become a broadcasting partner with the NFL, reaching an agreement to have eight stations in the company’s network broadcast late-season night games that will also be shown on NFL Network.

The NFL mandates that broadcast rights to games on cable – ESPN and NFL Network – also be awarded to free, over-the-air TV stations in the markets of the two teams involved in the game. Of course, that is providing it is a sellout for the home team.

In this arrangement, Tribune Company will simulcast six NFL Network games late in the season, starting with the Chicago Bears at the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 18, a game that will be shown in Chicago on WGN and in Miami on WSFL.

"There are some great match-ups here, with the potential to really affect who makes the playoffs," Jerry Kersting, president of Tribune Broadcasting, said in a statement. "These games will draw a lot of interest."

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