Nexstar gung-ho for football on new indies


Nexstar’s two newly independent TV stations in Indiana, WTVW-TV Evansville and WFFT-TV Ft. Wayne, are turning to the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts to get a viewership boost. They’ve nailed down a pre-season game and two Colts-related weekly shows for the football season.

The September 1st primetime broadcast of the game pitting the Colts against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati will be on the NFL Network. The local broadcast TV rights in Evansville and Ft. Wayne have been acquired by Nexstar’s stations.

In addition, WTVW and WFFT have claimed the market rights to “The Bill Polian Show,” featuring the Colts Vice Chairman (and former Buffalo Bills GM), and “Colts Up Close.” Both shows will be broadcast on the stations each Sunday for 17 weeks, beginning September 11th.