SBD/Closing Bell

Afternoon NFL Game Switches Broadcasters Due To NBC Flex Move

NBC opted to flex out of the Colts-Patriots game Dec. 4, instead taking the Lions-Saints game that had been scheduled for Fox. The move, however, left Fox with only two 1:00pm ET games; CBS had seven. So the NFL moved Broncos-Vikings from CBS to Fox, marking the first time a game switched Sunday afternoon broadcasters as a result of NBC's flex schedule, which has been in effect since '06. By contract, CBS carries all interleague games played in an NFC stadium, and Fox carries all interleague games played in an AFC stadium.

"We worked with CBS and Fox to ensure a broadcast pattern on Sunday afternoon Dec. 4 which will increase the coverage areas of our nine 1:00pm games," said NFL Dir of Corporate Communications Dan Masonson. "This move allows the games in those windows to be broadcast to a wider audience." Sources say Fox protected its Packers-Giants game from being flexed into "SNF." Sources also said the NFL did not want NBC to take the Bengals-Steelers game from CBS, worried that the loss of that game would weaken CBS' single-header window too much.
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