CBS protects Broncos-Chiefs match up so they won’t be flexed to SNF

Dec 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the Denver Broncos line up across from Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncs and Kansas City Chiefs face off in Week 11 and Week 13, and those look like they could be two big games. At the end of week 5, both teams are 5-0. The CBS network has protected those two games, which means those games can’t be flexed into Sunday Night Football as ‘marquee match-ups.’

Since 2006, the NFL has implemented a primetime ‘flexible scheduling’ element on Sundays in weeks 11 through 17. That allows them to pluck games from the Sunday afternoon line up and move them to Sunday Night Football, usually games that are considered to be more marquee or marketable. It doesn’t impact Monday or Thursday night games.

The change has to be made or announced no later than the prior Tuesday, 12 days heads up in other words.

CBS has ‘protected’ the Broncos-Chiefs games to keep from losing it to NBC. It is a game that certainly will bring in viewers.

Topics: CBS, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • PunjabiPete

    This is awesome in that CBS is even banking on both teams still being powerhouses when they meet up. Week 11 is gonna be BAD-ANUS. Geaux Chiefs!

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