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Late kickoff times change this season

Posted by Darren Urban on June 28, 2012 – 9:18 am

The afternoon football games will be a little later this season.

The NFL announced Thursday morning that all the second games on TV doubleheaders that were to start at 15 minutes past the hour will now start at 25 past the hour, to make sure the kickoffs of those games don’t come before the early games have ended.

From the NFL press release: “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.”

For the Cardinals, that means the kickoff times of five games — three at home, two on the road — are impacted. (All times are Arizona.):

– Sept. 9, Seattle at Arizona, is now a 1:25 p.m. kickoff;

– Nov. 25, St. Louis at Arizona, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;

– Dec. 23, Chicago at Arizona, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;

– Dec. 9, Arizona at Seattle, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;

– Dec. 30, Arizona at San Francisco, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff.

The games slated to start at 1:05 p.m. or 2:05 p.m. are not affected (and as always, the last seven weeks of the season are subject to flex scheduling, should the Cardinals play themselves into a race.)

 


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9 Responses to “Late kickoff times change this season”

  1. By Mike in Mesa on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    When is Part Five of Season in Focus going to be posted? Its been almost 2 weeks now.

  2. By Darren Urban on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mike in Mesa —

    RE: Focus/rookie breakdown

    We decided to re-edit that final piece and include all the unused footage you didn’t see on TV (Whiz breaking down rookie film). Each draftee will be his own video, posted throughout July.

  3. By MIKE G on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope you are well! I think this is a good move by the NFL. Eliminating a missed kickoff or a couple of series of the 2nd game sometimes is frustrating for a fan watching on TV. Hey Darren–As Training Camp approaches what are you looking forward to in analyzing and reporting on the 2012 Cardinal’s Team??? Say— beside the QB situation!!!

  4. By Brad O'Neill on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    this is a good move by the nfl but i would prefer to see a common sense clause were overtime games can be shown to the end. it is ridiculous when contract obligations get in the way of the most exciting games. I realize money is lost by th other network (the one that has paid too be exclusive for that period) but it should balance out and its the right thing to do for the fans. remember us the ones that buy all these ridiculously over priced jerseys.

  5. By Darren Urban on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Analysis

    Fortunately, there will be plenty of time to do it all.

  6. By Mike in Mesa on Jun 28, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Darren. That’s good news. Except for the part of having to wait for July now. lol.

  7. By cardsalltheway on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Brian McIntyre writes that…
    ‘Donovan McNabb is sure he’ll be on roster in 2012′ and guess where he thinks he’ll play…?
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a3769b/article/donovan-mcnabb-is-sure-hell-be-on-roster-in-2012?module=HP11_headline_stack
    “Based on McNabb’s description, the first team that comes to mind is the Arizona Cardinals. Kevin Kolb, McNabb’s former Philadelphia Eagles understudy, is scheduled to compete with John Skelton for the Cardinals starting job this summer. McNabb makes his offseason home in Arizona and is neighbors with head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The Cardinals have a good running game, Larry Fitzgerald and first-round pick Michael Floyd on the outside, and a defense that really came on strong late last season under first-year coordinator Ray Horton.”

    One thing I would certainly dispute is whether the Cardinals have a good running game? BTW, I think starting the games at 20 past the hour would’ve been good enough because most games were done at 15 past the hour last year:(
    STUPID!

  8. By cobra on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    @ cardsalltheway,

    Re: STUPID:

    Yet again, another baffling comment? Reading the stats above, there were still 15 games ongoing at 25 past the hour, which means there were probably atleast 30 or 35 games ongoing at 20 past the hour. Whey would the league make the time change if it meant only a 40 to 50% reduction of games being completed? Myself, I enjoy seeing the finish to an exciting game I watched for 3 hrs before the start of the cards game.

  9. By cardsalltheway on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    Cobra,
    Re: STUPID:
    “Reading the stats above, there were still 15 games ongoing at 25 past the hour,”

    Comprehend much? You can’t just make stuff up. FYI, it doesn’t say(or Darren didn’t include) how many minutes after 15 past the hour the games lasted.

    Can I double down on “STUPID”?

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