This is the weekend sporting America goes dry. The NFL's self-imposed prohibition goes into effect Sunday, leaving a nation of football fans with relatively bleak viewing alternatives:
On NBC, there will be an expanded "NFL Live" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. focusing on the strike, followed by the Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays baseball game..
On CBS, there will be an expanded "The NFL Today" from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. focusing on the strike, followed by a rebroadcast of Super Bowl XXI between the Giants and the Broncos.
ABC, which does not broadcast the NFL on Sundays, will cover Ryder Cup golf from noon until 3. In place of "Monday Night Football," expect the TV debut of the movie, "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock."
WMAL Radio, which broadcasts all Redskins games, will have a special "Redskins Timeout" from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday with Frank Herzog, Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff talking about the strike and related matters followed by Ken Beatrice's postgame "Sports Call" talk show until 7.
NBC's "NFL Live" will include Bob Costas, Ahmad Rashad, Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy, Jimmy Cefalo, Merlin Olsen, Marv Albert, Paul Martha and Don Shula, plus Paul Maguire interviewing Artie Donovan. CBS' "The NFL Today" will include Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and Will McDonough, plus Jimmy The Greek on the effects of a strike on Las Vegas gambling and Dick Vermeil on how to get a nonunion team ready to play in the NFL.