WPMI-TV had planned on broadcasting live sports programming from Cox Sports Television on Thursday, August 29th, from 6:30 p.m. until sometime around 9:30 p.m., planned on broadcasting "Entertainment Tonight", a syndicated entertainment news program, at 9:30 p.m. and planned on broadcasting the network programs the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) had planned on providing that day between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. later the next day from 1:35 a.m. until 4:35 a.m. in the order they would be provided (WPMI-TV's programming between 1:05 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. from Tuesday through Saturday usually included a rebroadcast of the latest edition of "Entertainment Tonight" at 1:05 a.m., a recording of their latest local 10:00 p.m. newscast at 1:35 a.m., the syndicated business news program "First Business" at 2:05 a.m., segments from the final hour of the latest edition of the network news program "Today" at 2:35 a.m., and the network financial advice program "Mad Money" at 3:30 a.m.).
The live programming WPMI-TV had planned on broadcasting between 6:30 p.m. and 9:35 pm was expected to include a live professional football game scheduled to take place in Miami Gardens, Florida, with the Saints of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Dolphins of Miami, Florida (WPMI-TV broadcast two of the last three football games the Saints had played on August 9th and August 16th; both of which were provided by Cox Sports Television while taking place on Friday).
WPMI-TV also planned on broadcasting a recording of the local news program they would broadcast after the sports programming at 1:05 a.m. instead of the timeslot they normally used for rebroadcasting their local 10:00 p.m. news program (1:35 a.m.) from Tuesday through Saturday since they had planned to start broadcasting pre-empted programs from NBC at that time.
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