Pre-Christmas Saturday triple header has TBD opponents

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In Week 16, the NFL will stage a special pre-Christmas Saturday triple header. And none of the games have been selected for that spot, yet.

Five Week 16 games have been earmarked for those three spots, to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. ET, and 8:15 p.m. ET: Lions at Broncos, Raiders at Chargers, Bills at Patriots, Rams at 49ers, and Texans at Buccaneers.

Two will stay on Sunday, three will move to Saturday. And if that’s something the NFL can do, why can’t the NFL flex late-season games from Sunday to Saturday, why can’t the NFL flex late-season games from Sunday to Monday?

Maybe that will be something that gets added to the next wave of TV deals.

14 responses to “Pre-Christmas Saturday triple header has TBD opponents

  1. why can’t the NFL flex late-season games from Sunday to Monday?
    Because people have jobs, flights and hotels booked, kids have school. The logistics just doesn’t work and quite honestly it doesn’t matter. People will tune in to whatever game is on tv but if people believe their games day could be changed fans will wait to buy tix.

  2. octigerblog says:
    April 17, 2019 at 11:18 pm
    Yeah, why can’t fans just change their travel plans and hotel reservations at the last minute? It’s so easy!

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    Thank you for this comment. I too suggested that Flex Scheduling lacks consideration for the fans who actually attend the game — but my comment was censored.

    As, you so clearly state — octigerblog — Flexing games make attending difficult — especially for fans that may wish to travel to a game. Flights and hotel accommodations are typically made months or several weeks before a game. While the NFL may think that stating “this date/time may change” on a ticket is sufficient, the fact of the matter is that the travel costs necessary to accommodate this change make an already expensive experience even more expensive.

    The NFL says it wants to accommodate the fans who attend their games, but really, it is all about commercial television ad sales. Sad.

  3. I know there are still issues, but making travel arrangements for a game on to be played on either a Saturday or Sunday is slightly more convenient than Sunday afternoon or Monday night.

  4. Not for late season but I’ve long thought Tuesday night could work for two teams going to a bye the following week. Which would be even more do-able if the league added a 2nd bye-week. The players would be happy (extra bye but no extra game), the league gets an extra week of tv scheduling and extra night’s worth during say the middle 8 weeks of the season, and the fans get to watch more games – what’s not to like? What else you doing Tuesdays?

  5. What about when I book flights in and out of a city to see my team on the road? Eh, it really isn’t about me, is it? Or the fans, apparently.

  6. well if the nfl could , they would make the Raiders play on Christmas Eve again for the 4th year in a row, going all the back to 2016 where the Raiders instead of a lump of coal, got a Derek Carr broken leg.

  7. They can skip putting any Lions game on TV. Same for Jets. Their records indicate why they shouldn’t be televised.

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