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Florida TV station apologizes for showing Jaguars over Manning Bowl

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

TV viewers in Orlando, Fla., aren't happy about watching the Jaguars. (USATSI)
TV viewers in Orlando, Fla., aren't happy about watching the Jaguars. (USATSI)

If you asked the average NFL fan which Week 2 game they're most excited about, Manning Bowl III would probably be on the list. On the very bottom of the list -- or at least near the bottom, but probably at the bottom -- would be Jacksonville at Oakland.

A television station in Orlando, Fla., aired the Jaguars-Raiders game instead of Manning Bowl III on Sunday and there was so much viewer backlash that the station issued an on-air apology. The station also took to Facebook and Twitter to explain to viewers that it was contractually obligated to show the Jaguars game.

Viewers didn't seem to care.

According to station general manager Skip Valet, Orlando has been designated a secondary market for the Jaguars, so his station has to show Jaguars road games, "I know it's frustrating, but as a CBS station in this market you have to carry the away games," Valet said.

Viewers seem to want to watch anything but the Jaguars.

One viewer even came up with an enterprising idea on how the station could get around the requirement to show the Jaguars.

You can't really blame viewers for getting mad. Through the first six quarters of their season, the Jaguars have scored a total of five points and two of those came on a safety.

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