Some interesting news just came out just a short time ago, as NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal has just revealed that NFL schedule flexing can start as early as Week 5 this season.
The potential flex games between Week 5 and Week 10 come with a stipulation. The NFL can’t change the tentative Sunday Night Football game every week. The league can flex up to two games total into Sunday night between Weeks 5-10. The rest of the flexible schedule procedures from previous years remains intact. After Week 11, the NFL can flex any Sunday night game.
Ultimately, this tweak gives the league greater flexibility to program high-quality matchups on Sunday night throughout the season. The league can avoid airing a matchup nationally that looks a lot worse in the cold light of October than it does on the day the schedule is released.
Previously, the league was not able to flex games until Week 11 of the regular season. We brought you a story yesterday about ESPN and NBC announcing huge broadcast changes. It appears that we are going to hear more and more changes that may benefit football fans by getting the most anticipated matchups in front of the maximum amount of viewers.
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