Monday Night Football has three simultaneous doubleheaders this year

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The NFL has ditched the Week One Monday night doubleheader. The NFL is fully embracing the concept of two Monday night games being played at once.

This year’s schedule includes three Mondays with games that will be on at the same time. On two Mondays, they’re staggered by an hour. On the final Monday, they start at the same time.

In Week Two, it’s Saints at Panthers on ESPN at 7:15 p.m. ET, and Browns at Steelers at 8:15 p.m. ET on ABC.

The next Monday night, it’s Eagles at Buccaneers at 7:15 p.m. ET on ABC and Rams at Bengals at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

In Week 14, a pair of games start at 8:15 p.m. ET. On ESPN, its Titans at Dolphins. On ABC, it’s Packers at Giants.

It’s an unusual strategy. Why not just play them back to back or play one on Monday and the next on Tuesday?

Regardless, the chances of getting a good game will be doubled on three Mondays this year. Maybe on one or more of them, we’ll get two good games.

43 responses to “Monday Night Football has three simultaneous doubleheaders this year

  1. i’m not a fan of them being staggered so close together or being played at the same time. i like the idea of a monday night doubleheader. The more stand alone games i can watch the better.

  2. How strange. I agree with doing it back to back as Florio suggested, not overlapping.

  3. The NFL definitely knows how to print money, so I’m confident this will work out well. I mean, what else is on TV Monday night? The first week will be easy. I’ll just watch the Steelers. The second week I’m going to want to watch the Eagles and the Bengals, so I’ll probably record both games so I can switch back and forth. I’ll get caught up during commercials and half time. The last week I’ll watch the Giants. Piece of cake.

  4. This seems kinda ridiculous. What they really should do is even out the 1pm et and 4:15 pm et start times so there’s an equal number of games each week in tbose time slots

  5. They need to double up on Thursday nights. That way if we have another Broncos/Colts fiasco we will have another game to tune in to.

  6. Oh great, just what I need. Knowing me, I’ll watch every *amn one of them.

  7. Could take a page from the nba playbook and do an east coast mnf game at 7ish EST and west coast game at 9 or 10ish EST.

  8. Huge mistake. Primitive games are meant to be special. Having 2 at the same time cheapens that. It also cuts Disney’s audience in half those nights

  9. Most people on the East Coast won’t finish the second MNF game if it started at 10pm so that explains the overlap. SNF now feels more special than MNF which is a shame.

  10. ok, the only possible reason the NFL and the networks agreed to have 2 games simultaneously on Monday nights is because TV ratings are down when they have 1 bad game. Viewers are streaming everything now, you have 1,000 choices, if the Texans-Falcons game sucks, nobody is watching

    The NFL only does things that make sense for them

  11. The Browns Steelers game is the only rivalry game on the schedule. Others are not very appealing.

  12. Simple ad revenue. ABC/ESPN basically now has an extra bonus hour that they’ll hook viewers into those weeks…when the first game is over people will tune into the last quarter of the other game instead of turning off the TV…there a good chance that market research has shown that most causal fans won’t be able to watch two full games on a Monday (early or late), but an extra hour, sure.

    The network can tell advertisers it basically has 4h dominated.

  13. seanx50 says:
    May 11, 2023 at 11:04 pm
    Huge mistake. Primitive games are meant to be special. Having 2 at the same time cheapens that. It also cuts Disney’s audience in half those nights
    Disney owns ABC & ESPN. How does that cut their audience in half? Now fans of 4 teams (plus the rest of the US) are watching Disney-owned shows.

  14. NFL wants major East Coast market (NY, Philly, Boston, DC, etc.) eyeballs on both games — to the end of those games. They don’t get that with 10:30ET (second half of the DH) games. This way they will — and the ad revenue that will go with them.

    As always, just follow the money for an answer of why the NFL does everything.

  15. Charlie charger kinda makes sense to me. I think I’m gonna be sick…but I would prefer the games to be back to back or at least more staggered; not sure why they aren’t doing something like a 6:30 & 8:30 start time

  16. tqaztec says:
    May 12, 2023 at 12:01 am
    Shut the front door about Tuesday games. Dumb

    Agreed, I’m old school. Give me Sunday and Monday and the excitement of family food and football on thanksgiving & Christmas eve. All the international and Thursday stuff is merely for revenue to bleed every dollar they can from American consumers and abroad

  17. DVR ratings count also.

    88 of the Top 100 rated TV shows last year were NFL games …

  18. So whete i would have watched two full games and all the ads through them, now I only watch one.

  19. charliecharger says:
    May 11, 2023 at 10:37 pm
    The NFL definitely knows how to print money, so I’m confident this will work out well. I mean, what else is on TV Monday night?

    What else is on TV? Are you living in the 1960s with only three channels? Get a couple of streaming services, practically anything that you want to watch will be on.

  20. seanx50 says:
    May 11, 2023 at 11:04 pm
    Huge mistake. Primitive games are meant to be special. Having 2 at the same time cheapens that. It also cuts Disney’s audience in half those nights

    There are three prime time games at a minimum every week, thus at least 54 prime time games overall. There is no way that every one of those games are special.

    Primitive games are a totally different story. Who doesn’t want to see cavemen hitting each other with clubs? It could be the greatest thing since The Three Stooges!

  21. Good God these morons will use the late finish of the second Monday game on the east coast to justify Tuesday football.

    It’s fun watching a snake eat its own tail

  22. Feels like a one season experiment. They will get all the viewer data and figure out what people watch/flip/complain about. Kind of odd though…

  23. It’s a mistake for 95% of the fans but not for me.
    I DVR the games and do not watch them in real time because they take far too long.
    If you watch them on NFL plus or if you DVR them and skip the commercials and timeouts and time between plays the games are far more watchable.

    Three and a half hours for a football game is a waste of time, 50 minutes is entertainment.

    In fact you can DVR the game and begin watching it about halfway in and then catch up near the end

  24. ESPN can’t decently cover one game, now they are going to try and cover two?

  25. These games are not aimed at the Pacific Time Zone (4:15 start) as most potential viewers will still be working or stuck in traffic for two more hours. The east and west coasts should each get a game starting at 7.

  26. As long as the second game is announced by Joe Tessitore and Rob Riggle, we’re good. In fact, during weeks when the Mannings aren’t on, give Joe and Rob that assignment. Stacking games is a no-starter. Most of us have jobs where we have to show up early on Tuesday morning.

  27. I have no issues with overlapping games. There are too many games on each weekk as it is.

    It used to be all games were on Sunday. Then they added Monday Night Football. Then they added Sunday Night Football. Then they added Thursday Night Football. And this year, they are adding a Black Friday game. And lets noty forget the Saturday games towards the end of the season.

    So we get, televised, one game on Thursday, 3 games on Sunday and one game on Monday. That’s 15 hours of NFL each week, not counting the Saturday games or the Friday games. On week 16, we get nine games televised..1 on Thursday, 2 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday and 3 on Monday…27 hours of football.

  28. Sounds like a good strategy to keep allowing Disney and ESPN to continue to chuck people out the door. Almost all the fans that watch the games would watch what they could of the first early start and try to stay up for the late game equaling about 5 to 6 hours of premium ad time (besides those that have figured out the DVR and skip commercials), now they are going to disregard about 3 hours of revenue generating ad time, the little actual premium revenue generation left for TV…would say the ESPN layoffs dumped the smart people and kept the minions.

  29. dumb.. I used to build up excitement for NFL, now it’s on all the time throughout the season and feels watered down. Sunday used to be an event.. now I typically just do yard work and only watch my local game

  30. Why compete for ratings against themselves? I’d like to hear the reasoning behind this strategy.

  31. Tough to have a back to back that starts late enough for the west coast and finishes early enough for the east coast during the work week.

  32. 4:15 pt is yuck most people are still going to be at work for the first quarter minimum

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