moochman wrote:• Move back starting times for Sunday afternoon games on Fox and CBS an hour to 2 and 5 p.m. ET. A similar move in playoff games has resulted in higher ratings. CBS would probably be against the plan because it would further delay "60 Minutes," the network's highly successful news program.
I'm not crazy about this idea. It's hard enough for me to wait for the games to start as it is. But it does make some since for those on the west coast. As you stated, I would also be OK with moving the second game to 5 pm.
moochman wrote:• Drop the AFC/NFC delineations on Sunday afternoon games. Fox and CBS would alternately choose games when the schedule is determined in April.
This would be OK. Should be able to ensure better games on each week for both networks.
moochman wrote:• Move back the start of the season one to two weeks, with the goal of moving some of the playoffs into the February TV ratings sweeps period.
Again, I'm not crazy about this idea. Not only do you want me to have to wait another hour each Sunday, but you want me to wait another week or two before the first game even comes on?????
Will you pay for my hospital stay during that time while I'm having withdrawals?
moochman wrote:• Move ABC's Monday Night Football to Thursday. That probably won't happen as MNF's ratings improved last year and NBC and CBS have traditionally had stronger counter programming on Thursday.
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!! I don't really like the Thursday games much anyway except on Thanksgivings Day. I definitely don't want to see them every week. Sunday night games are good, Monday night games are great. The only other night I think would be OK would be Saturday night. Though, it doesn't seem that likely to happen.
moochman wrote:• Add a fifth TV package of games, possibly on Thursday nights. TNT, HBO and Fox/Comcast figure to be interested in a new package that might be valued at $500 million to $800 million a year. If the NFL obtains 3% to 5% increases in the present packages, it likely would not pursue an extra TV partner."
While I'm not opposed to another network showing games (as long as I have access to that channel), I don't want to see a Thursday night only package.
Also, I'd heard the NFL mention before about scheduling two Monday night games each week to let ABC have a choice. ABC would choose a few weeks ahead which game they would want to show, then the other game would be moved back to sometime Sunday. Or something to that effect.
I wouldn't mind this either.