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GARFIELD HEIGHTS -- Browns/Steelers week is about as big is at gets for football fans here in Northeast Ohio.

But for thousands of fans hoping to catch the game on local TV this weekend, they could be out of luck.

The Playmakers Sports Grille in Garfield Heights is one of the local businesses that fills up for Browns games.

For workers here, even away Browns games mean big business. But without the games on TV, they'll see a direct effect on their paycheck.

The problem centers on a dispute between DirecTV and Raycom Media, the owners of the local CBS affiliate WOIO-TV.

The station has been blacked out to DirecTV customers since Monday and, if the dispute spreads to Sunday, that means no Browns game, even if subscribers have DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket.

"It's all so frustrating that, once again, we become pawns in a fight between Raycom and DirecTV," said Playmakers manager Jerry Grabowski.

"It's once again an example of millionaires, if not billionaires, wondering how to split up my customers' money."

Grabowski says he didn't even know he couldn't show Sunday's game from his bar and now could lose out on hundreds of dollars.

"I learned quite a bit just from your phone call," he said. "It's very disappointing and frustrating, particularly for a family-run restaurant sports grill that relies on sports games and the attendance of sports games."

"We are definitely expecting a huge crowd on Sunday," said general manager of Panini's Bar and Grill Meissa Peterre.

Panini's uses a different cable provider and won't be affected by these negotiations, but Peterre is still confident the other bars won't sweat for too long.

"I think they will definitely get it cleared up by Sunday. Nobody wants to lose revenue and they want everyone to enjoy the games, especially being that it's the first game of the year," she said.

Grabowski agrees and that's why he hasn't yet run out to grab a bunch of antennas

"It's far from perfect but it's also one of those unknowns," said Grabowski. "Are they going to settle before Sunday? You would rather know that we did not have to do all this extra work because, Lord knows, we have plenty to do as it is."

But the two sides don't look ready to budge.

A Direct TV reps says, "Raycom Media is denying DIRECTV customers and some of its own most loyal viewers access to its local broadcast stations unless they pay more than double just to receive the same broadcast shows that remain available over the air for free."

"We share their frustration and are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue and have been for the last 12 weeks of discussions," said Paul McTear, CEO of Raycom.

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