Atlanta Falcons viewing options tonight vs. the debate

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 08: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons and Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints speak following a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 23-17. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 08: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons and Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints speak following a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 23-17. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, September 26, 2016

For fans of politics, tonight is a big deal with the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It will be available pretty much anywhere and everywhere, be it free streaming on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or on at least 14 different TV networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, GPB, PBA, Univision, C-SPAN/C-SPAN2, CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business News.

But football fans who would rather watch the featured Atlanta Falcons vs. the New Orleans Saints game have two options. Most households still have ESPN, so if you’re paying for cable or satellite, odds are good you’ll be able to see it there tonight at 8:15 p.m.

For those who have cut the cord (or never had a cord to begin with) but still have access to digital over-the-air networks, WSB-TV is not airing the game on its main channel. Rather, “Dancing With the Stars” and the debate will air via the standard ABC affiliate feed.

Instead, WSB-TV will make the Falcons game available on its WSB 2.2 channel, one of its digital channels created a few years back. (It’s normally the ME-TV network, airing repeats of shows such as “Happy Days,” “M*A*S*H,” “Mama’s Family” and “Gilligan’s Island.”)

For Comcast customers, WSB2 is on Channel 248. And Charter customers can pick it up on Channel 126.

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