Sunday offers perfect schedule for NFL fans in Europe

American sports fans in Europe are constantly thwarted by the clock. For most events, fans have two unpleasant options: schedule sleep around a 2 a.m. start time and deal with the personal and professional repercussions, or target the tape-delayed broadcast the next day and somehow dodge the many outlets seeking to sabotage the effort.

Long-suffering American sports fans in Europe are due a reward. And Jan. 6 offers just that. Here's the plan for a well-deserved day of football nirvana:

  • Enjoy your Saturday. Hang out with friends and family, maybe spend some time outside. 
  • Stock up on food and drinks Saturday evening. Turn off the TV and go to bed around 11 p.m. CET Saturday.
  • Wake up Sunday morning and avoid the radio, TV and Internet. Read the print edition of Stars and Stripes, for example.
  • At 9 a.m., flip on AFN-Sports and settle in for consecutive tape-delayed broadcasts of Cincinnati-Houston and Minnesota-Green Bay. Stay away from your phone and computer and watch the games spoiler-free. 
  • Early Sunday evening offers a couple of free hours. You can re-engage with your computer and other devices, as the danger of spoilers has passed. 
  • Return to AFN-Sports at 7 p.m. for a live doubleheader of the other two wild-card games, Indianapolis-Baltimore and Seattle-Washington. The latter should wrap up by 2 a.m.

Follow this plan, and you'll have an NFL wild-card viewing experience that is not only workable, but in fact superior to that of your stateside peers. They'll devote the entirety of their weekend to the endeavor - you get a wide-open Saturday and a Sunday lifted directly from your wildest sports fantasies. Enjoy!

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)


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