Things I Don’t Like About Television, Episode 17: NFL Game Scheduling

The NFL season is relatively short, but for good reason. What we call football in North America is a violent sport, so 16 games in the regular season for each team — spread out over 17 weeks — is a sufficient number.

The brevity of the NFL football season in comparison to other major sports makes the value of these games that much greater. Football fans looks forward to each game with anticipation and bemoan anything, even a spouse, that threatens to get between them and the game.

There is nothing we can do when networks — or cable providers by extension mess with our programming. We can complain and that’s what I’m going to do. There are about four areas where CBS and FOX in particular piss me off during the NFL season. Not everything is their fault, as NFL stipulations take effect every Sunday per contract.

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