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49ers-Washington broadcast maps: Why the 49ers game is on CBS this week

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The 49ers and Washington square off on CBS. Here's an explanation for why the game is not on FOX, and how to watch the game around the world.

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The San Francisco 49ers host Washington on Sunday, with the game kicking off at 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS. Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon will be calling the game. The game will not be a national telecast, but there are a few extra markets getting the game this Sunday. According to 506sports.com, Dallas, Minnesota, Portland, and a random spot on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border will get the game.

Normally, NFC matchups outside of primetime are always on FOX. Sunday's game is on CBS, and people have been asking why this is the case. This year marks the first season of cross-flexing. This allows the NFL to move an NFC game from FOX to CBS, or an AFC game from CBS to FOX. Ideally this creates more compelling matchups for a broader audience. Rather than have a few good FOX games, and no good CBS games, or vice versa, the league can attempt to broaden interest across both networks.

This game has been scheduled for 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS since the schedule was announced earlier this year. The league already had Arizona vs. Seattle in the 1:25 p.m. slot on FOX, and they must have figured Washington would be significantly better than they currently are. The game itself does not end up getting all that many more markets, but had it remained on FOX, it probably would only have aired in the DC and NorCal markets. So, I guess that is something.

This only impacts people in the United States. With that in mind, here is a look at the international television schedule for Sunday's game:

Canada: TBD (A Rouge Point).

United Kingdom: Just on NFL Game Pass (per NFL UK).

Armed Forces Network-Europe: The game will not air on AFN-E

Far East: Our friends at All Sports Network TV will broadcast the game live Monday morning, 5:25 a.m. Hong Kong time. It will re-air Monday afternoon at 8:30 p.m. Hong Kong time. The broadcast will appear throughout Southeast Asia. Check out their map if you live out there.

It will be on other channels around the world, so let me know.

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