NFL changing up flex policy for primetime TV slots

NFL changing up flex policy for primetime TV slots

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NFL changing up flex policy for primetime TV slots

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by Tom Pelissero and Maggie Hendricks, USA TODAY Sports

KING5.com

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Sick of less-than-thrilling NFL matchups ending up on your TV screen?

You’re in luck – two changes to league’s “flex” scheduling policies should get more good games to a wider audience in 2014.

Beginning this season, the NFL will expand flex scheduling that previously existed in Weeks 11 to 17, allowing a maximum of two games total from Weeks 5 through 10 to be moved from Sunday afternoons into the nationally televised primetime slot on NBC.

Take a look at last season, and how the schedule could have changed for fans’ enjoyment. By Week 5, the Houston Texans were already losing steam. They were 2-2 and had dropped games to the Ravens and Seahawks. In the Sunday night game, the Texans were run over by the 49ers, losing 34-3.

The same day, Dallas and Denver played in what turned out to be one of the best games of the season. Denver won, 51-48, in a game that commanded attention until the game was over.

Also, the league will allow “cross flexing” that will allow a select number of “under-distributed” games to be moved between CBS (which has the AFC package) and Fox (which has the NFC) and reach a wider audience.

Previously, CBS and Fox kept their respective games until they were flexed to Sunday nights. Thursday and Monday night games are not impacted by flex scheduling.

The schedule is set to be released at 8 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

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