NFL Will Try To Eliminate TV Cut-Offs By Pushing Back Afternoon Games To 1:25PM
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LOS ANGELES (CBS) – Great news for Los Angeles football fans as the NFL will push afternoon games to a 1:25PT kick-off time in order to try to eliminate television cut-offs, said in a statement by the NFL.
“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.,” said in a statement released by the Chargers. “With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.”
Charger games that will be affected are Tennessee (Sept. 16), at Denver (Nov. 18), vs. Cincinnati (Dec. 2) and vs. Oakland (Dec. 30) will now kick off at 1:25 P.M. PT.
There are about 40 games over the 2012 season that will be impacted by the 10-minute time shift, with half of those coming in games played in Mountain or Pacific time zones with 1:25 PM or 2:25 PM local starts.