Many Maryland fans complained on Twitter that they missed the opening of today’s Terps-Virginia game because the Richmond-New Hampshire television broadcast ran long on Comcast SportsNet.
The Maryland game began at 3 p.m. Fans missed a portion of the opening quarter, which included a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown by Stefon Diggs on the first play.
Maryland released a statement attributed to Brian Potter of Comcast SportsNet (below):
"In order to be fair to all teams and their fans, Comcast SportsNet's policy (which is similar to other sports networks) is to never leave live coverage of NCAA football if the final result of the game is in question, regardless of the programming scheduled to follow. It is unfortunate when a game runs longer than expected, but the network feels that it is more important to present the end of each game -- as opposed to the beginning of another game -- if conflicts arise during busy football Saturdays."
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