The 7-1 Eagles, which many rank as the NFL’s best team, will take on the Broncos today in the debut of newly acquired running back Jay Ajayi. According to my colleague Zach Berman, the Eagles have introduced Ajayi to 10-15 rushing plays leading into today’s game despite the fact he’s not even guaranteed to play
Unfortunately, fans who subscribe to Comcast Lancaster, the largest cable provider in Lancaster County, won’t be able to see how much playing time Ajayi ends up getting.
Normally, Eagles games are broadcast on Fox, but Sunday’s game against the Broncos will appear on CBS because it involves an AFC team visiting an NFC team. CBS broadcasters Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will call the game, with Evan Washburn reporting from the sideline.
The NFL requires WHP 21, the local CBS affiliate based in Harrisburg, to air Baltimore Ravens games when they are either on the road or sold out at home. The Ravens take on the Titans on Sunday in Tennessee, meaning Eagles fans won’t be able to watch a game that’s being broadcast to most of the country.
The only streaming option that appears available is fuboTV, which is a pay service but offers a seven-day free trial.
Some smaller cable providers in Lancaster County, such as Blue Ridge, Comcast Marietta, and Comcast Lebanon, carry Philadelphia CBS affiliate KYW, meaning those Eagles fans will get to see Ajayi’s debut.
Steelers fans living in central Pennsylvania have experienced a similar problem this season. They have already missed three Steelers games due to broadcast rules, including in Week 5, when WHP was forced to broadcast the 1995 action movie Desperado instead of airing the Steelers-Jaguars game.