In brief: TV or weather? Which had sway?
Football: Tuesday Night Football is on tap in the NFL for the first time since 1946, but is the two-day delay of Minnesota’s game against Michael Vick (pictured) and the Eagles at Philadelphia more related to acquiescing to the television networks than the weather?
The NFL announced at midday Sunday that the Vikings-Eagles game was being pushed back from Sunday night because of a major snowstorm that was brewing in Philadelphia and reset for tonight.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in part the long delay “will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared.”
But the storm subsided by early Monday – as forecast. And the hiatus beyond Monday night – when postponed Sunday games long have been rescheduled – has drawn cries that the decision was based more on TV contracts than competitive balance.
NBC carries the Vikings-Eagles contest and ESPN had Monday night’s key NFC South New Orleans-Atlanta game, both national telecasts. Neither NFL nor NBC officials would divulge whether NBC would have been limited to showing the Eagles-Vikings game only in the regions of the participating teams if it had been rescheduled for Monday. That’s what CBS and Fox are limited to doing when one of their games is moved from a Sunday afternoon to Monday, per ESPN’s deal.
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Cordova asks help for Ashley
Baseball: Former American League Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova is asking for help and prayers after his 15-year-old daughter was badly injured in an auto accident in suburban Salt Lake City.
Cordova says Ashley McAdam was the passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend that was hit by a truck as it pulled into their Herriman High School on Dec. 16. His daughter has been in a coma for 11 days.
The family has set up a Facebook page entitled “Supporting Ashley McAdam,” where people can go to offer words of support.