I agree it was on purpose but not exactly to give an advantage for either team. It was a way to make more money for the league and teams involved. This was the SECOND game the 49ers participated in that was a nationally televised game that got suddenly blacked out. Remember the Monday night game against the Steelers?
I believe that this was a ploy to help the 49ers get their new stadium deal done and was a the test run for the SuperBowl.
With a black out, you get a delayed game. With a delayed game you get extra airtime. With extra air time you get more opportunities for advertising, more viewers, more concessions, more everything.
There's big money in televised sports, not just in advertising and sponsorships but where the real money is, in the numbers.
Look for it and it can be found.
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