You know how you hate it when the 4:15 p.m. ET game you REALLY want to watch isn't on TV because the stupid 1 p.m. game is still being played?
Well, you won't have to worry about that anymore, as the NFL has announced (and the Sports Business Journal's John Ourand originally reported) that those previously-scheduled 4:15 p.m. games will move to 4:25 p.m beginning this season to avoid overlap. About 40 games in 2012 will be impacted by the kickoff time shift -- half of those moves are for games played in the Mountain or Pacific time zones.
So, that's good news for those whose blood pressure is raised when the Browns-Jaguars game just … won't … end while the Patriots and Steelers go head to head. Of course, that's not great news for those non-football fans who are waiting for 60 Minutes to start.
But you know what? Let ‘em wait. We've got late-afternoon football to watch.
Here's part of the NFL release:
The kickoff time for Sunday late afternoon doubleheader games on CBS and FOX will be moved from 4:15 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET, the NFL announced today.
The 4:05 PM ET kickoff time for games not on the doubleheader network will remain unchanged.The 4:25 PM ET kickoff time will reduce instances in which fans miss the end of a 1:00 PM ET game telecast because they must receive the opening kickoff of their home team's late-afternoon game. In addition, fans not in the cities of the late doubleheader opponents will be less likely to miss the beginning of the late doubleheader game.
In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.
Originally posted by Josh Katzowitz on CBSSports.com