Good news San Francisco 49ers fans! After thinking all four preseason games would only be airing locally, it turns out there is a chance. The 49ers preseason finale against the San Diego Chargers will air locally in the Bay Area and San Diego, but the feed will be picked up by NFL Network for a live broadcast next Thursday night.
I was poking around the NFL Network schedule page trying to find out when the 49ers-Broncos game would re-broadcast on NFL Network. I ended up on Thursday, and I noticed it said 49ers-Chargers live broadcast. I inquired with NFL Network PR folks, and they confirmed that yes indeed, the game will air on NFL Network Thursday night.
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT, so be ready for that. I'm glad it will be broadcast nationally, but I am never pleased about the ridiculous start time of the 49ers annual fourth preseason game. It always is in California, often against the Chargers. A 10 p.m. ET start means things wrap up around 1 a.m. in Washington, D.C. No bueno. But, I sacrifice!
And for those wondering when you can watch 49ers-Broncos on NFL Network, here is the re-broadcast schedule:
August 29 - 9 p.m. PT
August 31 - 9 p.m.
September 1 - 1 p.m.