Per 506 Sports, here’s the CBS broadcast map for the late games on Sunday:
- Green: Bills at Rams
- Red: Bengals at Cowboys
- Blue: Chargers at Raiders
Non-pictured market coverage: Anchorage, AK - Bengals at Cowboys; Fairbanks, AK - Bengals at Cowboys; Honolulu, HI - Chargers at Raiders
Yet again, the Rams are clustered in the late games without much competition. Yet again, they’re blanketed by coverage of other games despite being 3-1.
This is not how to build a national fan base.
Perhaps the biggest angle here is the Rams-Chargers schism in southern California. Week 1 featured the Rams on national TV, so the schism wasn’t evident there. But here’s the Rams’ footprint in Week 2:
And Week 3:
And Week 4:
And now this week:
Whether you look at the northern edge of Santa Barbara and Bakersfield or the southern edge with the Palm Desert/Indio and El Centro markets, there’s some fluidity for the Rams.
Is it as important as the Rams winning football games? No. Well, perhaps no. LOOK THERE’S AN ARGUMENT TO BE MADE HERE FOR THE MEDIA MARKET-OBSESSED IS ALL I’M SAYING.
Anywho, there’s a mash of the upper northeast inside the Buffalo bubble this week: most of New York, parts of Vermont and Massachusetts along with a sliver of Pennsylvania.
Moving forward, let’s see if the Rams can start to rule a wider swath SoCal moving forward.