Allows teams to play their way onto the Sunday night schedule
The NFL has implemented a
primetime "flexible scheduling" element on Sundays in Weeks 11-15 and in Week
Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks
and gives surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime.
The 2012 NFL schedule will again utilize flexible scheduling in Weeks 11-17.
The NBC Sunday night time slot for "flex" weeks will list the game tentatively
scheduled for Sunday night.
Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in
which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game will be moved to an
afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on
Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.
Just as the six major college football conferences have done for many years,
the NFL will have the flexibility to move the start times of games on Sundays,
using a 12-day notice format.
For example, a game scheduled for a Sunday could move from a 1:00 p.m. ET
kickoff to an 8:15 p.m. start, but the change would be made and announced no
later than the prior Tuesday, 12 days prior.
The NFL has commonly moved games between 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:15 p.m. ET on
Sunday afternoons, and the NFL now employs flexible scheduling to include one of
its primetime packages of games - on Sunday evenings.
Sunday afternoon games, as in the past, can still be moved between 1:00 and
4:05 or 4:15 p.m. ET.
In Week 17, in order to ensure a Sunday night game with playoff implications,
the decision to move the start time may be made on six days notice.
NFL FFFlexible Scheduling 101
Begins Sunday of Week 11
In effect during Weeks 11-17
Only Sunday afternoon games are subject to being moved into the Sunday night
The game that has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night during flex
weeks will be listed at 8:15 p.m. ET.
The majority of games on Sundays will be listed at 1:00 p.m. ET during flex
weeks except for games played in Pacific or Mountain Time zones which will be
listed at 4:05 or 4:15 p.m. ET.
No impact on Thursday, Saturday or Monday night games.
The NFL will decide (after consultation with CBS, FOX, NBC) and announce as
early as possible the game being played at 8:15 p.m. ET. The announcement will
come no later than 12 days prior to the game. The NFL may also announce games
moving to 4:05 p.m. ET and 4:15 p.m. ET.
Week 17 start time changes could be decided on 6 days notice to ensure a game
with playoff implications.
The NBC Sunday night time slot in "flex" weeks will list the game that has
been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night.
Fans and ticket holders must be aware that NFL games in flex weeks are subject
to change 12 days in advance (6 days in Week 17) and should plan accordingly.
NFL schedules all games.
Teams will be informed as soon as they are no longer under consideration or
eligible for a move to Sunday night.
The FFF Coordinator will not alter the
pick forms to reflect the change of times, except for Week 17, where the
points from the Sunday Night Game will be the week's tiebreaker. If you
submit your SNF points before the Sunday Night game is announced, you will
have a chance to resubmit your SNF points up until midnight, Friday December