NBC, CBS would televise the two extra wild-card games

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If the owners choose to expand the playoffs by two games, those two games already have TV homes.

As reported by Albert Breer of SI.com (via Sports Business Daily), the agenda for Tuesday’s conference calls explains that the league already has negotiated deals with NBC and CBS to broadcast the extra wild-card games.

If at least 24 owners approve the notion of adding playoff teams (really, who would oppose it?), the 14-team field would become effective in 2020, with seven teams per conference and only two teams getting bye weeks.

The No. 1 seeds would sit out the wild-card round; the No. 2 and No. 7 seeds, the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, and the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds would square off.

It’s unclear when the extra two games would be played. The easy answer becomes a two-day tripleheader, with games at or around 1:00 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. ET, and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A higher rating, and more revenue, could be generated by moving the early-afternoon Saturday game to Monday night. This would require the league to guarantee that the winner wouldn’t play until the following Sunday.

25 responses to “NBC, CBS would televise the two extra wild-card games

  1. So Fox gets most of the other playoff games. Cool.

    I like the playoff coverage by CBS and FOX, but NBC has horrible studio and or on the field analysts.

  2. Keep Monday night for regular season. Playoffs are made for weekends with lots of beer and food!

  3. Money, Money, Money…. That’s all they care about.
    As much as I hate to see this pandemic striking all over the world, I hope that these rich people who run or play professional sports get a heavy dose of reality in regard how fortunate they are.
    We — the average fans — deal with financial worries all the time while they worry about how many millions more they are going to get.
    I feel sorry for anyone who is struggling to keep afloat during this awful time, but I have very little sympathy for these fat cats who never consider the fans when they demand to be paid all these millions.
    Honestly, I couldn’t care less if the season is cancelled. They are ruining the game by having a phony Commissioner, adding another game to the schedule, by adding more playoff teams, by playing games in other countries, by playing games on Thursday nights, by all the rules changes, and by gouging the people who foot the bill — the fans.
    I love football and always will. But this present day NFL has really soured me on their product in a lot of ways. More and more, I have turned away from the game and in over 55 years of watching it, I never thought that would be possible.

  4. Why couldn’t Booger McBooger do those added games – he would be cheap – he doesn’t need help in the booth since he knows everything and his word is the final word on everything. Heck, he’s so talented he could do the pre-game and post game shows all by himself too. Pay him a couple of Big Macs and you’ve got the makings of a real talented football presentation.

    (drip drip drip the sarcasm)

  5. If the seven-team rule existed last year we would have had Duck Hodges in the playoffs…

  6. There’s likely not going to be a 2020 football season, no way folks are going back to stadiums in a couple months.

  7. I was very happy with the 12 team playoff. I think when you start watering down the importance of regular season games with more of them and expanding the playoffs, you then will be hurting the popularity of the league in the very near future.

  8. Sad fact is the NFL is so incestuous with ESPN, they are almost certain to give them a game. And no matter how bad ESPN coverage is, how bad their studio and announcers are, the whole world will watch the game anyway. Think about it, booger is still there. In fact, he was there to begin with, think about that.

  9. As long as Al Michaels and Jim Nantz are calling the games. Otherwise, these networks should keep the stay at home order in place for announcers and broadcast with only field level sounds.

  10. As a cord cutter, if you put games on ESPN or NFL Network I will not pay extra to the NFL, Sling or anyone else to watch whatever game it is.
    The NFL should not be trying to force people to the pay-to-watch model.

  11. It should be just one wildcard per conference, we’re getting close to giving everyone a medal.

  12. lepesi says:
    March 31, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Why couldn’t Booger McBooger do those added games – he would be cheap – he doesn’t need help in the booth since he knows everything and his word is the final word on everything. Heck, he’s so talented he could do the pre-game and post game shows all by himself too. Pay him a couple of Big Macs and you’ve got the makings of a real talented football presentation.

    (drip drip drip the sarcasm)
    ______________________________________________________

    In his first season on MNF, every 3rd comment he made was about a players contract and whether or not he was living up to it, blah blah, yada, yada, yada. Really sounded bitter about how much $ modern players are making.
    Someone got to him – advised him that the majority of NFL plan cannot stand contract/$ talk – it is a sure-fire way to lose the audience. Particularly on sports radio.
    What on earth does the salary of Aaron Rodgers compared to Matt Stafford have to do with me, you or anyone else reading this. (Sports radio hosts across the land take note.). It’s all monopoly $ to us normal folks and meaningless

    In year 2 Booger drastically toned down the contact/$ talk and he was 100% better when he kept it to Football.

  13. Point is moot when there is no season. CDC saying virus will last well into the fall because people simply refuse to stay home and insist on throwing Parties and posting pics on social media to show what a “Rebel” they are… Remember these people when there is no MLB and only a partial NFL season if at all…

  14. A higher rating, and more revenue, could be generated by moving the early-afternoon Saturday game to Monday night.

    Not if ESPN is broadcasting the game.

  15. It is possible, if not probable, that there will be no 2020 NFL season to broadcast anyway.

  16. Superbowl matchups are going to be more and more predictable – #1 seed vs #1 seed. This new format PENALIZES a very strong #2 seed, and REWARDS a sloppy team with entry into the playoffs as #7. Don’t like it.

  17. GOOD!!! as long as it isn’t FOX or ESPN, they suck. NBC and CBS are TRUE professionals.

  18. Though CBS may show an Italian game and try to pass it off as from New York.

  19. 1. That is not “seeding.” Thare are 2 classes of seed — Division seeds and Wild Card seeds. Thus the order is Bye @ D1, W3 @ D2, W2 @ D3, W1 @ D4.

    2. I contend that the week 18 should be a wild card playoff round of 4 teams from each conference. Two wild cards move on, and the present playoff format continues.

  20. It’s been reported that the CBS game will also be shown on Nickelodeon (to somehow attract a younger audience). I don’t see that happening.

  21. lesepi says:
    March 31, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Why couldn’t Booger McBooger do those added games – he would be cheap – he doesn’t need help in the booth since he knows everything and his word is the final word on everything. Heck, he’s so talented he could do the pre-game and post game shows all by himself too. Pay him a couple of Big Macs and you’ve got the makings of a real talented football presentation.

    (drip drip drip the sarcasm)

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    You think Booger would have been picked by now, wouldn’t ya?

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