Report: NFL to expand flex scheduling by two games

AP

Earlier this afternoon, NFL PR executive Brian McCarthy teased the coming schedule announcement by promising: “Some interesting twists.”

One of them is apparently two more flex games.

Somehow or another, the NFL’s own website obtained one of the juicy little details, that flex scheduling is being expanded, giving them a chance to change a pair of NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchups.

According to the report, the league now has the option to flex two games during the period from Weeks 5-10, adding some more drama (“Will they flex this week? We’ll reveal, after the break.”) to a process that has plenty already.

The Week 11 and beyond flex scheduling is wide open, as before.

But this gives the league a chance to avoid a clunker, as well as a chance to remind you that you’re a slave to its powers.

11 responses to “Report: NFL to expand flex scheduling by two games

  1. The NFL can give two you know whats to the paying fan that has already purchased his tickets and made his plans to see the game at the originally scheduled time.

    As long as that ad revenue is flowing, the NFL continues giving us the middle finger salute.

    I hope Cuban’s forecast of the NFL comes true.

  2. While I don’t mind the general idea of flex games, especially for big, potentially playoff berth deciding games, the NFL doesn’t really even do it properly. Monday Night Football is no longer the king of the castle folks.

    SUNDAY is the slot these games should be at. That way the season ticket holders are more likely to be out, and everyone else in America is going to be out watching that game somewhere.

    The rest of the lineup would get more play, because it promotes staying out for football drinking sunday.

    A Sunday at 7 or 8 game is a way more attractive and viewer friendly showdown than a Monday Nighter.

  3. The NFL’s desire to get TV dollars is going to cost them season ticket holders. I live 2 hrs away from the team I follow and can make all home games that I know about in advance. Changing the time of the game, especially when it changes from noon to 7:30 the night before a workday, makes it near impossible to attend the game. Factor in the additional traffic on game night and that 2 hr drive can easily become a 3 1/2 hour drive making it almost 2 AM begore I get home. I can see where I’ll just give up my season tickets and watch all of the games from home. Wonder how the people who run and work in the stadiums will feel when the seats aren’t full and local revenue is affected. So much for the NFL being a fan oriented sport.

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