UPDATE: FOX dumps Redskins-Eagles game too early in secondary markets
FOX Sports thought that, with the Philadelphia Eagles up, 24-0, over the Washington Redskins in the third quarter, the game was going to be a blowout.
So, for secondary markets like the Capital Region, FOX dumped the game to go to a more competitive matchup, the Detroit Lions at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was poor decision. Quarterback Robert Griffin III led the Redskins back to within 24-16, and they were driving for the tying score in the final minute before Griffin threw an interception to end the game.
I heard from several of my friends, who, like me, are Eagles fans, on Facebook who were in secondary markets like me, and they told me they got switched, too.
It was a bad decision by FOX. It left the game way too early. The secondary markets missed a great game. Rule of thumb: Wait until some time in the fourth quarter before making the decision.
UPDATE AT 7:13 p.m. In an email, a FOX spokesperson wrote, "The decision was made to switch the audience to Lions at Steelers because it was a much more competitive game at the time of the switch. Our goal is always to provide the viewer the best games possible. Obviously, the Redskins vs. Eagles game remained in the traditional home markets."