NFL Notebook

Networks Allowed to Double-Up on Doubleheaders

Friday, December 29, 2006

For the first time, the NFL is allowing CBS and Fox to each televise two games this Sunday in many markets, meaning four games will be available to many viewers.

The so-called "double doubleheader" will be available in all markets except those in which the home team is playing.

The two networks will receive a 1 p.m. Eastern time game on both CBS and Fox, as well as a 4:15 game on both networks.

Normally, the networks alternate doubleheader weeks. The one with the doubleheader can show games at 1 and 4:15. The other network is limited to showing one game in one of those two time slots.

"With tight playoff races and so much interest in so many games, a Week 17 double doubleheader offers fans more football as they look ahead to the playoffs," said Howard Katz, the league's senior vice president of broadcasting.

ยท 49ERS: Wide receiver Antonio Bryant pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of reckless driving and resisting arrest after he was spotted driving more than 100 mph last month.

Bryant, 25, avoided a court appearance yesterday by filing his pleas with the San Mateo County Court clerk's office, the District Attorney's office said.

Police said the fifth-year pro showed signs of drunkenness and became verbally combative when they pulled over his orange Lamborghini on Highway 101 on Nov. 19. Officers said they were forced to use leather restraints to put Bryant in their car.

Although arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, Bryant was not charged with driving under the influence of alcohol because he refused to take a field sobriety test, prosecutors said.

Last week, Bryant was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

His attorney, Jonathan McDougall, did not immediately return calls. Bryant's trial is scheduled to begin March 5.

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