Lions - Browns to be televised nationwide

Pre-season matchup will be televised on NFL network.

This afternoon, the NFL announced that the Lions-Browns pre-season game on August 21 will be telecast by the NFL Network around the country. The contest is a Saturday afternoon game scheduled to kick off at 4:30PM.

The NFL Network will also be carrying two other games during the exhibition season: Broncos vs. Bills (August 15th, 7:00PM) and Patriots vs. Jaguars on September 2nd at 6:30PM. The network also announced their broadcasting team, consisting of Kenny Albert, Dan Fouts, and newcomer Terrell Davis.

Pre-season games have not been covered by the NFL's agreement with DirectTV in the past, and have been broadcast instead by local stations who have made agreements with individual teams.

It has been extremely difficult in the past for displaced Lions' fans to view pre-season games, despite several complaints filed with the league office. The NFL's latest move with their relatively new satellite channel is certainly a big step in the right direction.

The annual Browns-Lions pre-season game has been dubbed the "Great Lakes Classic" with the winning team able to give a greater amount to a charity of the team's choosing. Last year, Lions' quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Mike McMahon threw seemingly at will to help Detroit to pummel the visiting Browns, 38-17.

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