MARQUETTE - Fans of the Detroit Lions will not be able to watch six games on television this season without a DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package - in part - to scheduling conflicts with the Green Bay Packers.
As the TV schedule now stands, FOX UP will broadcast eight Lions games, WJMS (CBS) one and ESPN one. The remaining six regular season contests will not be broadcast locally.
FOX UP scheduled contests are Sept. 8 vs. Minnesota; Sept. 29 vs. Chicago; Oct. 6 at Green Bay; Oct. 27 vs. Dallas; Nov. 17 at Pittsburgh; Nov. 28 vs. Green Bay; Dec. 8 at Philadelphia, and Dec. 22 vs. New York Giants.
WJMN will broadcast the Oct. 20 home game with Cincinnati while ESPN will air the Dec. 16 Monday night contest against visiting Baltimore.
Games not scheduled to be broadcast - barring any changes - will be Sept. 15 at Arizona; Sept. 22 at Washington; Oct. 13 at Cleveland; Nov. 10 at Chicago; Nov. 24 vs. Tampa Bay, and Dec. 29 at Minnesota.
Lions' fans will be able to see the team's four pre-season games on WJMN, however: Aug. 9 vs. New York Jets; Aug. 15 at Cleveland; Aug. 23 vs. New England, and Aug. 29 at Buffalo.
(Craig Remsburg is with The Mining Journal of Marquette)