NBC Will Not Flex Out of New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins In Favor of Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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We’re to the time of the football season in which NBC has the luxury of basically stealing a better game from FOX or CBS if they think it’s going to be better for their ratings than the scheduled game for that week. What the prestigious flexing clause does for NBC is it allows them to take the best game of the week and move it to their Sunday Night slot, but the network isn’t abusing the policy like you’d expect them to do.

According to ProFootballTalk, NBC hasn’t yet decided to flex out of their current Week 13 matchup of the New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins in favor of the much more appealing game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. There are a few reasons why the network likely won’t opt to air that game, the main reason being it would be pretty blatant favoritism towards the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning.

Not that this is a bad thing, but it’s hard to not blast the network if they were to feature Manning and his Broncos for three consecutive weeks as last night’s game featured the two teams battling for the first time this season and next week sees Manning play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.

So NBC is just going to bite the bullet and air the game as it actually could end up being crucially important to how the terrible NFC East shapes up, plus it gives Bob Costas another opportunity to rant about the Redskins name — not that we’re saying that’s a bad thing but it’s a perk, so to speak. There’s also the matter of Washington and New York being massive television markets, which sort of helps soothe the pain.

It’s only Week 13 we’re talking about and the Broncos could be in some seriously meaningful games as we near the end of the season so NBC is going to want to hold steady on flexing the team too often as it could pay off later.

Topics: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, NFL, TV Shows, Washington Redskins

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  • anon76returns

    Other reasons NBC hasn’t exercised the flex option:

    1) CBS protected both KC-Denver games back in October, but later relented on the Denver leg due to league pressure:
    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_24281678/broncos-chiefs-games-protected-by-cbs-from-rescheduling
    http://www.shermanreport.com/nbc-football-fans-thank-cbs-for-gift-of-denver-kansas-city-in-primetime-sunday/

    2) NFL teams are allowed no more than 6 prime time games, which the Broncos already have had, or are scheduled to have (Balt, Oak, @Indy, KC, @NE, @SD). Additionally, no team is allowed to appear on NBC more than 4 times- the Balt, @Indy, and KC games were all on NBC, as will be the NE game next week. Not only would it be blatant favoritism for NBC to flex the Denver-KC game, it would be a blatant violation of their NFL broadcast contract.

    • http://lerner-reports.tumblr.com/ JBL918

      All of your points are valid…until the end. The NFL doesn’t favor the Broncos, they favor RATINGS!! More than that, they favor money. Airing games between irrelevant teams (i.e. the Giants vs. Redskins) on primetime doesn’t make financial or logistical sense when you have one between two teams battling for first place in their division.

      • anon76returns

        I don’t think NBC favors the Broncos- I am actually a Broncos fan without cable, so I’m happy whenever they air the game. I’m was just using the language of the OP.

  • http://lerner-reports.tumblr.com/ JBL918

    I agree that the Broncos have been featured on primetime WAY more than any other team, but to say that NBC wouldn’t move the week 13 schedule around because of “blatant favoritism towards the Broncos and Peyton Manning” is pretty silly. It makes complete and total sense for them to put the KC/Denver rematch on Sunday Night Football. It’s a division game between two teams currently tied for first place at 9-1! And it’s made even more interesting because of the “rematch” element–KC lost last week, but will be playing in Arrowhead this time, etc. For them to opt for a Sunday night game between 2 NON-CONTENDERS would be completely absurd. That said, I think you’re right. They probably won’t change it.

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