So Much For the NFL's Flexible Scheduling Process...

12/16/09 in NFL   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

NFL Flexible Scheduling 101

 Looking at the upcoming Schedule of NFL games this coming Sunday, I am again annoyed with the NFL's "Flexible Scheduling" process. As a majority of you know, the NFL can decide/change (after consultation with CBS, FOX, NBC)  the NBC Sunday Night Football game being played at 8:15 p.m. ET. The announcement can come no later than 12 days prior to the game. 

I love the "Flexible Scheduling" concept because it is supposed to ensure quality matchups on Sunday night and give every team a chance to play their way onto prime time. I'm just not sure if the "12 days prior to the game"  rule is causing NFL fans to miss the best Sunday Night matchup.

In Week 11, NFL fans enjoyed a battle between the 5-3 Eagles and 4-4 Bears on Sunday Night Football. Now I understand that the game had some playoff implications, and Michael Vick was there, but the 6-3 Broncos and  6-3 Chargers were going to battle for the top spot in the AFC West Division.  The NFL made  no changes quoting, "The Eagles-Bears game could have NFC wild-card implications."

Week 12 I have no complaints as the 6-3 Steelers were up against a Division Rival Baltimore Ravens who were 5-4. Both were trying to catch the Bengals  who were at 7-3.

Week 13 though is a different story...This time the NFL did change the Sunday Night game.  Again, NFL fans had to watch a Non-Divisional match up where the Arizona Cardinals cruised past the Vikings 30-17. It would have been much more fun to watch the Dolphins battle the Patriots to 22-21victory.

Week 14 seems to have been a good week to leave the Sunday Night Game "as is" because the Eagles and fading N.Y. Giants were playing for that top spot in the NFC East. Still though, the NFL could have easily shown Denver vs. Indy, and they would have had the live broadcast of 2 NFL records on the same night.

That brings me to Week 15...Again NFL fans have to watch Brett Favre and the Vikings Sunday Night as they prepare to battle the 5-8 Carolina Panthers. While I have nothing against the Panthers or Vikings, I am just not sure how that game is a "Quality Matchup."  The best choice would have been the 10-3 Chargers vs. the 9-4 Bengals where the winner of the game will basically hold the #2 spot in the AFC. Why no change??? Well, CBS has protected the Bengals-Chargers game...

So I want to know what you NFL fans think. Is the NFL's "Flexible Scheduling" creating the best Quality Matchups on Sunday Night Football or do some changes need to be made in the process? 

Here is the Flexible Scheduling ruling for NFL games in Week 16....
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12/17/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

kramer wrote:
 Now how the hell am I supposed to fit ALL of this into one question for the Who Said It poll?

Make it a Boski special...

12/17/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Boski93 wrote:
NBC was never going to bump this game, since Sunday's game may be retitled,

"It's a Very Brett Favre Christmas Special"

Which will have the long anticipated musical numbers, such as:
 
I Am Dreaming of Training Camp-less Christmas

The 12 INT's of Christmas

Favrey the Showman

Peter King Will Be at Favre's Home For Christmas

Joy to the World Wide Leader in Sports, the Favreian King has Comeback, Again

Brett Favre wants Ted Thompson to Get Runover by Reindeer

and last and certainly not least,

I saw Brett Kissing Madden Claus

Please try the veal and I will be here all week.


 Now how the hell am I supposed to fit ALL of this into one question for the Who Said It poll?

12/16/09   |   danny_n94   |   114 respect

wrote:
One thing about the NFL programming this year (especially), but also in years past is that they are not interested in programming quality games, only games with the most impact for revenues.  I can understand the Sunday game this week as Minnesota will be playing for their division title (if the Packers beat the Steelers), trying to secure a first round bye, or trying to keep pace with the Saints (however unlikely) for the home-field advantage through the playoffs.

Incidentally, if the Vikings and Saints both end up 14-2, the Vikings have the tie-breaker--don't ask me how as I don't understand the calculation, but attributed to games played earlier in the season this is already determined.  So I'm hoping for the Saints to "trip" a bit, so long as it doesn't mean a player injury.

If they both tie at 14-2 it comes down to conference record whereas one of the Vikings losses would be against the AFC (steelers) and both of the Saints losses would have been in the NFC (dallas and carolina)

12/16/09   |   idahoproducer   |   130 respect

NFL package combined with DVR or Tivo service...  Problem solved

12/16/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Boski93 wrote:
NBC was never going to bump this game, since Sunday's game may be retitled,

"It's a Very Brett Favre Christmas Special"

Which will have the long anticipated musical numbers, such as:
 
I Am Dreaming of Training Camp-less Christmas

The 12 INT's of Christmas

Favrey the Showman

Peter King Will Be at Favre's Home For Christmas

Joy to the World Wide Leader in Sports, the Favreian King has Comeback, Again

Brett Favre wants Ted Thompson to Get Runover by Reindeer

and last and certainly not least,

I saw Brett Kissing Madden Claus

Please try the veal and I will be here all week.


That's a definite WIN right there. Too funny! LOL!

12/16/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

Boski93 wrote:
NBC was never going to bump this game, since Sunday's game may be retitled,

"It's a Very Brett Favre Christmas Special"

Which will have the long anticipated musical numbers, such as:
 
I Am Dreaming of Training Camp-less Christmas

The 12 INT's of Christmas

Favrey the Showman

Peter King Will Be at Favre's Home For Christmas

Joy to the World Wide Leader in Sports, the Favreian King has Comeback, Again

Brett Favre wants Ted Thompson to Get Runover by Reindeer

and last and certainly not least,

I saw Brett Kissing Madden Claus

Please try the veal and I will be here all week.


 LMFAO x 1,000,000

12/16/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

NBC was never going to bump this game, since Sunday's game may be retitled,

"It's a Very Brett Favre Christmas Special"

Which will have the long anticipated musical numbers, such as:
 
I Am Dreaming of Training Camp-less Christmas

The 12 INT's of Christmas

Favrey the Showman

Peter King Will Be at Favre's Home For Christmas

Joy to the World Wide Leader in Sports, the Favreian King has Comeback, Again

Brett Favre wants Ted Thompson to Get Runover by Reindeer

and last and certainly not least,

I saw Brett Kissing Madden Claus

Please try the veal and I will be here all week.


12/16/09   |   ataqwx   |   39 respect

They should not even tell us who are playing prime time games on Sunday, just pick the best matchup the week before, then announce it.

12/16/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

Terry wrote:
Week 11, the Broncos and Chargers played each other. That game could not be "flexed" to Sunday night because, as per the NFLs rules, the 'regional channels' (CBS and FOX) has to show one matchup between 2 divisional teams. Denver and SD played on monday night earlier in the year when they played, by rule they cannot play on sunday night. The same will happen in Week 17, FOX will get the Cowboys/Eagles game no matter what the playoff implications are.

Week 13, looking back at the scores would miami/ne have been more fun? sure. But going into the game, the dolphins were 3-4, while the pats were 5-2. On paper, Arizona/Minny looked much better.

Week 14, regarding Denver/Indy: Indy already has 5 prime time games this season, and I believe (cannot confirm) that teams may only have a maximum of 5 primetime games each season.

I think the selection is fine, there need to be some rules in place and the ones they have are fine. FOX and CBS can only "protect" 5 games a year, with no more than 1 protected per week, so NBC can still get some very good games, as they have in the past.

  Thanks...I wasn't aware of those other policies.

Actually, on November 24 when the NFL made the decision for Week 13, the Dolphins were 5-5 headed to Buffalo and the Patriots were 7-3 about to play at New Orleans.

But sill I get what you are saying, and it makes a lot of sense...The Networks are competing against each other, so they all want the best game.

12/16/09   |   danny_n94   |   114 respect

(Edited by danny_n94)

Well they have already said for week 16 there will be no flex. They could have had the Denver/Philly game which will have playoff implications for both teams and the return Brian Dawkins to Philly. That would have been great. Seeing that the NFL switched the start time to 4:15EST. This has turned into a joke, I understand CBS protecting the SD/Cincy game but thatwould have been good game they could have put on SNF. Its turned into a joke this year

12/16/09   |   Terry   |   25 respect

(Edited by Terry)

Week 11, the Broncos and Chargers played each other. That game could not be "flexed" to Sunday night because, as per the NFLs rules, the 'regional channels' (CBS and FOX) has to show one matchup between 2 divisional teams. Denver and SD played on monday night earlier in the year when they played, by rule they cannot play on sunday night. The same will happen in Week 17, FOX will get the Cowboys/Eagles game no matter what the playoff implications are.

Week 13, looking back at the scores would miami/ne have been more fun? sure. But going into the game, the dolphins were 3-4, while the pats were 5-2. On paper, Arizona/Minny looked much better.

Week 14, regarding Denver/Indy: Indy already has 5 prime time games this season, and I believe (cannot confirm) that teams may only have a maximum of 5 primetime games each season.

I think the selection is fine, there need to be some rules in place and the ones they have are fine. FOX and CBS can only "protect" 5 games a year, with no more than 1 protected per week, so NBC can still get some very good games, as they have in the past.

12/16/09   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

I think the "Flexible schedule" is problematic because the other networks are going to be less likely to give up a game they feel will give them good numbers.  Your week 15 example...  The game you mention sounds like the better pairing.  But CBS wants to keep it for themselves.  Can't really blame them, can you?  Not sure how to get around that.  Is there some kind of process where the other networks get one or two vetoes before the game gets taken from them from prime time?

12/16/09   |   Scott   |   51929 respect

The only way flexible scheduling works is when everybody involved, namely the different networks who broadcast games, are on the same page.  CBS knows they will probably get huge ratings for the Chargers and Bengals and they dont want to give that up to NBC.  I suppose the NFL could force there hand but in the end, that causes more trouble then what its worth for the NFL and one of it's main networks.