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Should MNF be a doubleheader?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Claws for Concern, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    I'll be watching the first game of the twinbill for sure tonight, but do you think Monday Night Football should have a doubleheader today?
  2. CitizenTino

    CitizenTino Active Member

    Don't really have an opinion on whether they should have a doubleheader, but I DO know that I wish the Nessler-Jaws-Vermeil team doing the late game was the broadcast crew every Monday night instead of what we're getting.
  3. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    I think the NFL kind of has to do that for ESPN (and parent ABC) because it gives NBC two games on the first weekend. It probably promotes the NFL a little better.

    Now, whether that's fair to the extra set of teams involved, that's a good question. But that isn't the reason these decisions are made.
  4. tyler durden 71351

    tyler durden 71351 Active Member

    It does seem like a little overkill...and there are some East Coast sports editors who are getting ulcers about the deal....but a once-in-a-season doubleheader is probably OK.
  5. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Having a game start at 10:15 p.m. on the East Coast can't be great for ratings as opposed to the normal 9 p.m. start on normal MNF nights.

    Gotta love TV and its stranglehold on sports scheduling ...
  6. suburbanite

    suburbanite Active Member

    I'm OK w/ Nessler and Jaws, but Vermeil? Ughhh. I'll never forget when he was doing college football for ABC and he said that Ohio State coach John Cooper was 1-6 in bowl games 'through no fault of his own.'
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    The second game can't get over any later than any FOX LCS or World Series game...
  8. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Yes it will. There's a clock in football.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    ESPN was guaranteed 17 games in the contract. There is no Monday night game in Week 17, thus the added game.
  10. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    It's probably necessary because CBS has the US Open to deal with during Kickoff Weekend. Any of the three primetime games that were available for CBS (Miami-Pittsburgh, Oakland-San Diego and Indianpolis-New York) likely would have been 4:15 starts.

    As long as it retains the US Open, CBS can't broadcast any West Coast games for Week 1. You can't always schedule around that, so giving ESPN an extra game doesn't hurt anybody -- except East Coast sportsdesks.
  11. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    The pithy answer: Nope.
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    CBS has had the Open for more than 25 years and it's not going to change in the near future. The NFL schedule makers go into it each year knowing this. Each team's opponents are known after the last game of the previous season, but the schedule makers have many things to juggle: No AFC road teams for 4:15 games in Week 1; stadium conflicts with baseball (though not as bad now) and the Giants-Jets; alternating weeks for doubleheaders on CBS and Fox; trying extremely hard for teams not to have three straight road or home games. Etc.
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