TV6 addresses not airing Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game

Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 10:36 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2020 at 9:03 AM CST
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QUAD CITIES (KWQC) - TV6 did not air NBC’s broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers football game on Wednesday. Our station decided to continue with our regular programming.

The game, which was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving, was postponed to Wednesday, Dec. 2.

During TV6′s 6 p.m. newscast Wednesday, Joey Donia addressed the decision and said he was one of many looking forward to watching the game.

“Keep in mind, it’s just a game,” Joey said. “I may be the sports guy but some things are much bigger than sports.”

You can hear more from what Joey said during the newscast above.

A statement from TV6 Management.

We never want to disappoint our TV6 viewers, especially during a year marked with so many disappointments. However, we acknowledge many area football fans were unhappy today (in fact, some were very angry) with the decision to air our regularly scheduled local newscasts and Jeopardy this afternoon.

Please know this was a difficult decision that was not made lightly.

Airing today’s re-scheduled game would have meant cancelling our 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and potentially our 6pm newscasts.

In addition to providing local news and weather information, these programs also provide the opportunity for local businesses to share their messages.

Although the game was available to our viewers on other streaming platforms, we did not anticipate the difficulty many had accessing those streams.

We appreciate the understanding shown by many of you, our viewers, and appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate through the challenges of 2020.

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