NFL tweaks single header rule, allowing more games on CBS and FOX

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Paving the way for more games to air on local CBS and FOX affiliates, the NFL has tweaked its single header protection rule, which required home teams playing on Sunday afternoons to be the only game on local TV.

The rule was initially created at a time when the NFL also employed the blackout rule that required a game to be sold out 72 hours before kickoff to be televised in local markets. The rule harkens back to a day when teams relied on ticket sales and worried that fans wouldn’t attend games if they could just stay home and watch for free.

But times have changed, and television, not ticket sales, is the primary source of revenue for the NFL now. The league has already abandoned the blackout rule and last year began to relax the single header protection rule. Last year the league allowed FOX or CBS to air a game when the home team was playing on the other network twice a season, and this year FOX and CBS can do it four times a season.

“At the end of the day, it just means more football for more fans, and more people will get more games on Sunday,” NFL Executive Vice President for Media Brian Rolapp said, via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal.

More football for more fans is never a bad thing.

9 responses to “NFL tweaks single header rule, allowing more games on CBS and FOX

  1. I still want to know why, when I am at Arrowhead, I can’t watch the NFL Sunday Ticket that I pay out the nose for!

  2. All games should be made free so out of town fans can watch their teams without having to pay Dir TV a ransom. Or at least let fans pay for a single game on demand.

  3. You mean I won’t be stuck watching the Jets and Giants every week? Not that I watched them anyway.

  4. I’m Canada free is the bees knees.

    We like our football like we like our healthcare.

  5. I’m Canadian (yes boo all you want I love Americans and I love football more than hockey!) and I love that I can get a lot of games on Sunday with CTV/TSN the Canadian provider of NFL. I also get CBS/Fox from Seattle and I also have CBS Detroit/Fox Rochester time shift. The 10:00 am PT slots I can watch almost 5 games. The 1:00 pm PT slot I get 3 to 4 games. Basically my last channel button is setup for all the football channels so I can skip commericals. Plus the prime time games so I don’t need NFL Sunday Ticket. I wish I can get RedZone but they don’t offer it unless you get the Sunday Ticket. But it looks like NFL is removing blackout restrictions because there might be no fans.

  6. More and more fans are just watching REDZONE. I believe folks are just sick of the 7 minute delay after ALMOST every play..and the commercials.

  7. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 28, 2020 at 7:20 pm
    More and more fans are just watching REDZONE. I believe folks are just sick of the 7 minute delay after ALMOST every play..and the commercials.
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    That’s the exact reason I don’t watch any games live, I record them and start watching about 90-120min after the kickoff time and then I can FF through all the BS and commercials, I can watch a full game in about 45-50min instead of 3-3.5hrs to watch each game. Been doing that for nearly 20yrs now and if I’m busy I’ll just watch them at night when I get a chance, I just make sure I don’t listen to the radio(Pandora only on those days) so it doesn’t spoil the outcome for me.

    PS and let me say they really need to shorten the play clock to 25sec, 40sec is entirely too long in-between plays! Also it’s a huge disadvantage for those teams trying to make a comeback towards the end of the game, when the winning team can run 2/3 of a minute off of the clock for every play, that’s 2min and 36sec(without taking a penalty, that 17.8% of the quarter) they can run off of the play clock for just going 3 & out, that’s BS!

  8. I don’t have to watch the Jets when the Giants have prime time or a bye? YAY !

    PS: CBS (channel 3)out of Hartford reaches, so you get some NE games but not in HD.

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