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No more Sundays with Solomon Wilcots; Derby does well here

Buffalo Bills fans (and this critic) won't have CBS analyst Solomon Wilcots to kick around anymore.

Wilcots has announced that his 16-year run as a NFL analyst on CBS is over. He and his play-by-play partner, Spero Dedes, worked the Bills season opener in 2016 against Baltimore. I can't recall them doing another game last season, but I might just be blocking it out of my memory.


As usual, the Kentucky Derby was a big draw in Buffalo. The last 45 minutes of NBC's exhaustive coverage Saturday, including the two-minutes for the race, had a 17.9 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), placing it as the No. 4 market in the country. The rating by far made the race the highest-rated program of the week, including all prime time programs. The Triple Crown races always do well in Western New York.


WIVB-TV, which already was the big winner in the NFL schedule with 12 scheduled games on its air, also is likely to add the Nov. 2 Thursday Night Football game with the New York Jets. It is the Bills only scheduled prime time game, though it could get some games flexed into prime time if the season goes well.

While CBS and NFL simulcast many Thursday night games, the Bills-Jets game is only being carried on cable's NFL Network. Channel 4 General Manager Dominic Mancuso said the station has the first right of acceptance for that game, which also will be carried by a local channel in keeping with the NFL's policy of showing cable games on broadcast television in the markets of participating teams.


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