Originally Posted by Specnatz
national respect maybe but still most of the CBS affiliates including KEYE42 in Austin will not be carrying the game.
as well as
The Rio Grande Valley's KGBT-TV is joining 15 other CBS affiliates in Texas who are showing the Cowboys game.
This has to do with one thing and one thing only - ratings. Like it or not, the Cowboys do have a larger, probably much larger, following in Texas outside of the Houston area than the Texans do. Things may change in the future (the Cowboys local ratings in the DFW area are down something like 15% compared to last year), but for now they still kill the Texans in neutral areas. I saw a number where in San Antonio the week when BAL @ HOU went head to head with DAL @ CAR, the crappy Cowboys game beat the high profile Texans game in ratings something like 5 to 1. That was San Antonio, not Austin, but it gives you an idea.
And again, the ratings is THE ONLY thing that is taken into consideration when making these decisions. They don't care if there's going to be a vote on their web site, or if there will be a protest at their tv station. They only care about the ratings.