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Flap with NFL Network resolved for two stations over Pats-Giants game

NEW YORK -- Two local TV stations have resolved their
dispute with the NFL Network over Saturday night's broadcast of the
potentially historic Patriots-Giants game.

WCVB in Boston and Manchester, N.H., station WMUR, which are
owned by the same company, and New York station WWOR had won
bidding processes for the right to simulcast NFL Network games
involving local teams.

The Patriots would become the first team in NFL history to go
16-0 in the regular season if they beat the Giants on Saturday.
Outside of the Boston and New York areas, the game was originally
scheduled to be broadcast only on the NFL Network, which is
available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation's homes with
televisions.

On Wednesday, the NFL announced the matchup would also be aired
on CBS and NBC.

"WCVB-TV/DT and sister station WMUR-TV and the NFL Network have
reached a mutually satisfactory resolution of the issues resulting
in WCVB and WMUR's loss of exclusive local broadcast rights for
Saturday night's Patriots-Giants game," WCVB said in a statement
released late Friday night.

WWOR did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

This will be the first three-network simulcast in NFL history
and the first simulcast of an NFL game since the inaugural Super
Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC televised the meeting of the
champions of the newly merged National Football League and American
Football League.

The NFL, which has feuded with major cable companies over their
refusal to include the network in a basic package, had resisted
calls to make Saturday's game more widely available. But pressure
from lawmakers mounted in recent weeks, and the league reversed
course Wednesday.