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NFL | League announces plans for Sunday night games

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Wed, 5 Apr 2006 05:58:18 -0700

    Barry Wilner, of the Associated Press, reports the NFL plans to hold off scheduling Sunday night games in seven of the final eight weeks to ensure the best games are played on NBC. The league has long wanted some kind of flexible scheduling, but could never implement one until now.

    For Weeks 10-15 and Week 17, the final regular-season weekend, all Sunday games will be listed with start times of 1 p.m. or 4:05-4:15 p.m. EST. The league must then announce which match will be played Sunday night at least 12 days before the date of the game. The only exception is the season finale on Dec. 31, when the switch must be made no later than six days before the game.

    CBS and FOX each has the option to protect five games in the seven weeks of flexible scheduling, but can't protect more than one game per week. Week 16 is Christmas weekend and no game will be switched. Unlike in the past, teams are allowed to play in consecutive Sunday night games. To make the system more flexible, up to three teams each season will be allowed a bonus sixth prime-time appearance.
  2. 31smackdown

    31smackdown Active Member

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    Wow.... up to 6 primetime games and back to back weekends allowed.. that's pretty significant!

    With the expected competition in the NFC East and the fan and television market of NY, DC, Philly and Dallas, combined with Dallas always being a top draw ratingswise, plus the BP and TO factor, you have to think that the Cowboys will have several appearances.

    Of course.. I don't know how happy BP wil be with all of this.. it has to cause a little havoc with your scheduling. Hasn't Bill in the past said that he prefers to play the early game on Sunday and would do so every week if he could?.. or am I imagining that?
  3. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Good deal. This likely means more televised games for Dallas.
  4. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    With Sunday NFL Ticket...You Never have to worry about things like this!:D
  5. FLcowboy

    FLcowboy Hopeful this is the year Zone Supporter

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    With more Cowboys games on regular TV, what's the value of NFL ticket?
  6. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    The Value is you NEVER have to worry about missing ANY game.

    While I'm sure you will see many Cowboy Games this year...I can Guarantee you won't see all 16 of them.

    I'd say depending on how the Cowboys do and where you live...You'll see 9 or 10 games if you're lucky...That means you miss at least six if not more and that's no good for me.

    Not to mention that if you watch other games you are not stuck watching games you don't want to watch...I live in the Cleveland area and I don't want to be stuck watching the Browns and Ravens...When the Redskins and Eagles are playing... and that can and will happen.
  7. TheHustler

    TheHustler Active Member

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    I haven't missed a game in a LONG time and I don't have NFL Ticket.

    I go to a sports bar. Watch the game with other Cowboy fans on a huge 80" High Def Projection Screen.

    Can't beat it.
  8. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    If you were sitting at home and not going to a Bar and don't live in Dallas...You WOULD miss games.
  9. jazzcat22

    jazzcat22 Well-Known Member

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    Exactly!
    Even though I live in DFW area, and can see all the Dallas games anyway. I still have Sunday Ticket and had it since 1996 when I lived in Florida. I want to see a good game late in the season for the playoff push. Not be stuck with 2, 1-12 teams playing the dirt bowl.

    I grew up in Ohio, always been a Dallas fan, but also watched the Bengals. So I can watch them when their not on at the same time as Dallas. I also like to keep an eye on the other NFC East teams without waiting for the scores.
  10. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Too bad for people in apartments/condos that don't allow dishes.
  11. SmellsLikeTuna

    SmellsLikeTuna New Member

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    why would anyone ever do that??????? ;)
  12. CM Duck

    CM Duck I'm breaking the 4th wall...

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    I DON'T go to a bar to watch their games, I DON'T live in Dallas, I DON'T have NFL Ticket(basic cable), and I STILL CATCH EVERY COWBOYS GAME(always have!!!)...I NEVER MISS A GAME
  13. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    I don't live in Dallas and have never went to a bar to watch a game. And I've never missed a cowboys game.


    So, more to the point, YOU ARE WRONG.
  14. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    I solved this by moving to Oklahoma.....lol.....get every game played by the Boys
  15. Gibbs II

    Gibbs II New Member

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    This seems like a good idea, but it would really suck for those who bought tickets for a 1 or 4pm game then have it scheduled for 830 where they have to get up early.
  16. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    If they ***** about that they shouldn't call themelves fans. If they're not fans, screw 'em.
  17. Gibbs II

    Gibbs II New Member

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    Oh, well im sure the owners will just love that.
  18. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    If a team is hot and getting bumped to prime time they're not gonna have a problem selling tickets. Think before you post. This isn't ES.
  19. Gibbs II

    Gibbs II New Member

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    Oh ok that makes sense right, because if the tickets are already sold an many people have other obligations they have to attend to, they should just say "ehh screw that".

    Im all for staying out late for a football game, I plan on going to the skins vikings game on MNF, but not everyone is going to sacrifice a lot just to go to a "football game" if they planned for a 1 or 4pm game, especailly if they only go to one or 2 games a year.


    I mean, I can see this totally working out because hey, 12 days notice and they can give the seats away, or they can come late to work, but all im saying, is i can see how this would backfire in some ways.
  20. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Great idea. What took so long?

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