Under the new media agreements signed in 2021, the league has expanded its flexible scheduling system for this season. Notable changes include the inclusion of Monday Night Football games and an increased amount of cross-flexing (switching) between CBS and Fox for Sunday afternoon games. Additionally, in May 2023, the league owners approved flex scheduling rules for Thursday Night Football on a trial basis, which will be carried over to 2024 only if no TNF games are flexed in 2023. These updates aim to enhance the quality and variety of the football viewing experience.
For the 2023 season, Monday Night Football games can be flexed between Weeks 12 and 17, provided that the league announces the rescheduling no later than 12 days before the contests. The flex scheduling restriction for early season Sunday Night Football remains the same as in previous years. No more than two games may be flexed during the first two months of the season (between Weeks 5 and 13 in 2023), with a 12-day advance notice. The deadline for flexing late-season Sunday night games (between Weeks 14 and 17 in 2023) has been extended this season. The league can now give up to a six-day notice for these contests, similar to Week 18.
Regarding Thursday Night Football, only two games may be flexed between Weeks 13 and 17. Teams cannot have two away TNF games during the season, and the same team cannot be flexed into TNF both times. Furthermore, the league must provide a 28-day notice for any changes.
CBS and Fox can still protect games from being moved to another network. When the initial season schedule is created, the two networks can select a limited number of games involving a specific number of teams from their respective conference. Otherwise, regardless of conference, every game can be initially scheduled on any network. After the season, the two networks will be allowed to protect one game each week from being flexed to another network.
NFL Week 15: Five games have been set aside to potentially be moved into a tripleheader on Saturday, December 16: Chicago Bears vs Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings vs Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts. On Saturday, three games will be chosen to start at 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. ET. The remaining two games will be scheduled for Thursday, Sunday, or Monday nights.
NFL Week 18: Two games that carry playoff implications are set to be rescheduled as a Monday Night Football doubleheader on Saturday, January 6th, at 4:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
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