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NFL thwarts Siena’s plans to show Giants game

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The Siena Saints have a MAAC conference showdown against the Niagara Purple Eagles scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. Siena and Niagara are both in the state of New York, which means their fanbases have a lot of overlap with that of the New York Giants, which means that sports fans in the area had a choice to make: Go see the Saints, or stay home and watch the Giants.

So the Saints, thought, "What if people could do both?" They hatched a plan to show the Giants game on their scoreboard during Siena's contest against Niagara.

The NFL, though, isn't having it. From Mark Singelais at timesunion.com:

"We received an email yesterday evening indicating that showing the game on a screen not similar to that the size of one in someone's home is not allowed," Siena athletic director John D'Argenio said. "During a conference call this morning with NFL Vice President and Media Counsel Jonathan Galst we asked if permission could be granted and what it might take. Mr. Galst indicated that the NFL does not grant such permissions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to people."

Of course. Why would the NFL grant people permission to consume and enjoy their product? This is why no one wants to sit with you, Roger Goodell.

The only thing really surprising about it is that Siena thought they could do it in the first place. The NFL is notoriously tight-fisted with permissions to air their product. You and I may not see the harm done in allowing Siena to preserve some of their home crowd on a Sunday afternoon, but someone at the NFL certainly does.

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