NFL Moves Late Games

Posted Jun 28, 2012

The NFL has finally recognized that games tend to run long. Contractual restrictions forced networks to cut short the early game and switch to the late games before now, forcing fans to miss some late game heroics. The league has opted to remedy that situation by moving back the late games to avoid those conflicts in the future.

The NFL is shifting the start time of the second game of its Sunday TV doubleheaders by 10 minutes to ensure fewer fans miss any of the action on the field.

The late afternoon matchups on CBS and Fox will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET instead of 4:15. Because of the networks' contractual obligations, fans in the past would sometimes miss the end of the early telecast or the beginning of the late one if the 1 p.m. game ran long.

The broadcasters must switch to the start of the second game in the home teams' cities even if the day's first televised contest is still going on. For fans in other markets, that overlap means they don't get to see the opening of the late game.

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