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Bay Area's overall 2014 NFL TV schedule is a big improvement

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The 49ers are a playoff-caliber team in the most competitive division in the NFL. The Raiders are the worst team in the most competitive division in the AFC. Because of the first, and despite the second, we'll get an overall TV schedule that’s a vast improvement over last year’s and may be the best we've had in a long while.

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There'll be more contests on TV for the whole Bay Area, including more 1:25 p.m. local kickoffs on Sundays than last year, and that means more CBS and Fox doubleheaders. How many more?

This season, we'll get 16 out of a possible 18 doubleheaders, four more than last year when we had only 12. That's four more NFL games on your TV.

We'll get our first taste of a local 1:05 p.m. start and a missed DH in Week 6 on October 12 when the Raiders host the Chargers on CBS, blacking out the second game of the day, the Cowboys at the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks, on Fox.

The second one is in Week 10 on November 9 when the Broncos visit Oakland, also on CBS, blacking out Fox' big contest, the Giants at the aforementioned 'hawks.

Meanwhile, in Week 9 on November 2, the 49ers host the Rams at 1:05 p.m. on Fox, but the Raiders are at those darned Seahawks at 1:25 p.m. on CBS, so we get a doubleheader anyway, as well as a rare occurrence as both local squads scrimmage at the same time.

Of course, this tally assumes the Raiders will sell 85 percent of their seats for each game. But even if they don't, the contest we'll lose is most likely a less important 10 a.m. kickoff.

It's slightly worse news for DirecTV's Sunday Ticket and sports bars, both of which attract NFL fans when the best games aren't on TV around here.

Couple all this with a whopping nine national telecasts for the 49ers, and you've got possibly the best TV schedule we've seen around here in quite some time.

So Bay Area, despite the 49ers missing to the Super Bowl, we’ll get more football on TV this year. Can you handle it? Can the Raiders reverse course and start winning? Stay tuned...

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