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Out-of-Town Steelers Fans Might Not Be Able To Watch Monday’s Game vs. Washington

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will be facing the Washington Football Team on Monday night, but they won’t be playing on Monday Night Football, and Steelers fans around the country might have a hard time tuning into the game.

The Steelers and Washington were originally scheduled to play at 1 p.m. on Sunday, with the game expected to be broadcast regionally on FOX.

FOX will still be carrying the game, and it will kick off at 5 p.m. on Monday in order to not interfere with ESPN’s exclusive Monday Night Football broadcast window.

But the game will only be broadcast regionally on FOX, and in haphazard fashion. Both team’s local markets and adjacent markets, and almost the entire Northeast quarter of the country will be carrying the game.

Outside of the that, fans will be largely out of luck, outside of some pockets around Dallas, Green Bay, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New Orleans and Tampa Bay.

Here’s a full coverage map, from 506 Sports.

Steelers fans in the gray areas will have to be customers of NFL Sunday Ticket in order to see the game or find a streaming option.

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Steelers-Ravens Dominated Ratings Despite Unusual Start Time

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The NFL and NBC may have lost their Thanksgiving night spotlight due to the Baltimore COVID-19 outbreak, but Steelers-Ravens still managed to draw plenty of eyeballs for its unorthodox Wednesday afternoon kickoff.

Demonstrating again why theirs is the NFL’s most competitive, intriguing rivalry, Pittsburgh and Baltimore drew an average of 11.4 million viewers across television and streaming platforms last Wednesday.

An average of 10.8 million tuned in exclusively on television, making the game the most-watched weekday afternoon show of the year, according to Austin Karp of Sports Business Journal.

NBC opted for the peculiar 3:40 kickoff time as to not interfere with their Christmas Tree Lightning broadcast later that night, but the game actually ended up bolstering their viewership for the annual tradition. Many football fans opted to stick around after watching the Steelers improve to 11-0, as NBC also saw their average viewership rise to 7.4 million.

While the league and NBC were never going to make up the viewership they missed out on in primetime on Thanksgiving, they will certainly be encouraged by their ability to make the best of their most challenging virus-related circumstances yet.

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Former Steelers LB Ryan Shazier to Join The Ringer, Host NFL Show

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is set to join The Ringer upon his retirement from football Wednesday, according to a report by New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand. Marchand says Shazier will be hosting an NFL show each Tuesday for the multimedia company.

Shazier officially announced his retirement in a video on his Twitter on Wednesday, saying he is prepared to “see what else life has to offer.”

Shazier suffered a spinal injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4, 2017, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Following spinal stabilization surgery and continuous rehabilitation, he has regained the ability walk, begun jogging and remained close to the Steelers organization.

He spent two season on the physically unable to perform list, but was placed on the retired list in March, keeping him around the team in a professional capacity and alleviating his impact on the Steelers’ salary cap.

“I’m here to let the world know that today I am officially retiring from the game I love so much,” Shazier said Wednesday. “It’s been over a thousand days since I got hurt on the field. To lose the game in a way I never envisioned has not been easy.”

Shazier was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, and started 41 games over four seasons in Pittsburgh. He ends his career with 299 tackles, 24 tackles-for-loss, seven sacks, seven interceptions and seven forced fumbles. He was also a two-time Pro Bowler.

Started by sportswriter and podcaster Bill Simmons in 2016, The Ringer is a sports and pop culture website and podcast network. The site was purchased for close to $200 million by Spotify back in February. The Ringer has not yet officially announced that Shazier is joining the company.

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Steelers Will Wear Game Uniforms for Live Practice Saturday

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While there may be no preseason games this year, the Steelers will be donning their game uniforms for Saturday’s evening practice at Heinz Field, the team announced on Twitter.

This will be the first time Steelers fans will get a live look at tight end Eric Ebron, wide receiver Chase Claypool and others in their new threads, albeit virtually.

In addition to airing practice on Training Camp Live through their digital and social media platforms, tonight’s practice will also be broadcast on Pittsburgh’s CW. Bob Pompeani, Charlie Batch, Tunch Ilkin and Missi Matthews will provide coverage and analysis.

For those that prefer radio, fans can also listen to the broadcast of practice on Steelers Nation Radio and WDVE, the Steelers’ flagship. Mike Prisuta and Craig Wolfley will have the call live from Heinz Field starting at 6 p.m.

Tonight’s practice at least partially replaces the team’s traditional Friday Night Lights practice held annually at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. The Steelers have had to hold their entire 2020 training camp at Heinz Field as the league and country continue to battle the on going COVID-19 pandemic, but they plan on returning to Latrobe next year.

“We look forward to returning to Saint Vincent College & Latrobe in 2021 for training camp,” Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten tweeted back in June.

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