Monday, August 13, 2007

Packers preseason games on NFL Network; other ways to listen

For those Packer fans not within the range of the Packers broadcast network for preseason games, there is another option. Well, two options really: (1) live in/near the home market of the Packers' opponent; (2) watch the game replay on the NFL Network. Of course, not everyone has access to the NFL Network, either. But if you do...

You can see the NFL Network's preseason broadcast schedule here. It would seem you could turn on the Network anytime and see one of the many games being rotated. Apparently, there is one team replay per week only. And not all replay times are exactly user-friendly. For example, the upcoming game vs. Seattle will be re-broadcast at about 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) on Sat. Aug. 18. The week #3 game vs. Jacksonville, however, will not be re-broadcast at all. Perhaps it's due to the Fox Network broadcasting this nationally (?) on Thursday, Aug. 23. The final preseason game at Tennessee will be re-broadcast Sunday, Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. Eastern time. Guess those lucky enough to have caught the re-broadcast yesterday of the first preseason game against the Steelers couldn't complain, though: 5 p.m. Eastern time is...not bad.

Of course, you can also catch the games -- including regular season -- on the Packers Radio Network. Who knew there was actually coverage in six states? Now you do. Check here for the complete listing.

If none of these options work for you, and you have a broadband Internet connection, you can also subscribe to the NFL's Field Pass audio feeds. Right now, it's only $29.95 if you subscribe during the preseason. No, I don't get a cut from this. But for Packer fans in places that might not get on-air TV or radio coverage of games, this is an inexpensive alternative to consider. Here's the link to subscribe.