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.
Lions - Browns to be televised nationwide
Lions Report Top Stories
Instant Analysis: Lions Lose to TitansThe Detroit Lions dropped their home opener to the Tennessee Titans after showing some promise in a Week 1 win against the Indianapolis Colts. Here is some quick-hitter analysis…
Self-inflicted Wounds Doom Lions in LossThe Lions dug themselves a hole last year that they ultimately couldn't climb out of en route to a disappointing 7-9 season. After a sloppy showing in Week 2 against the Tennessee…
Week 2: Snaps & TargetsEvery week, Fantasy Football Expert Jack Delaney will closely examine the snap counts, usage numbers and target totals for players across the league to better prepare you for the…
Top 10 NFL Celebration FailsRevisiting some of the worst celebration fails in NFL history.
Scout NFL Network08/24/2016