Ken, I am a Pats fan and hate the Giants. But, I also know (from family and time spent there) that choosing the Patriots game over the Giants was probably not the best move for WFSB. They, of all stations, had a long tradition of showing the Giants that spanned at least 40 years and that team has a large following in the market. The move to show the Pats over the Giants made no sense.
Do you mean to tell me that New Haven County is more oriented toward Boston than New York? How about Litchfield or Middlesex Counties? I don't think so. And, only certain cable systems carry New York channels in those places (if you have cable). As for WCBS, Waterbury and New Haven, yes - but Meriden - no; Torrington - no; Middletown - no. If you think that sports followings in CT follow the market DMA boundaries, you have another thing coming. Connecticut is 50-50 for baseball and even more New York oriented for football. The only parts of the state that orient heavily toward Boston area teams are Windham, New London and parts of Tolland Counties. Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties are NY sports territory and Middlesex County leans that way too. Hartford County is a toss up (more Boston for baseball, more NY for football).
I'd bet the ranch that more people follow the Giants than the Patriots in Hartford County. And none of them could get the Giants on cable or over the air.
Channel 3 for a short time (6 years I think it was) lost the NFL to FOX. Then the NFL deals were free in 1998 and CBS picked up the AFC contract as NBC didn't want that contract for some reason. For WFSB to show the Patroits isn't going to hurt them at all. I think cable companies that don't have WCBS-TV on their line-up should of placed it on a special channel for Sunday so people in Connecticut could see both games. As I see that Connecticut is right in the middle of Boston and New York and people in CT should of got to see both games.
New Haven didn't they have the Red Sox their when they won the World Series in 2004 and during the year WQUN added the Red Sox broadcasts to their station. So I am thinking New Haven has some Boston fans so maybe even some Patroit fans.
I want to ask this. What if Channel 3 showed the Giants game? Patroit fans would of been pissed as they couldn't see their game on tv.