Due to a scheduling conflict with the MLB postseason in Oakland, the Week 5 AFC West battle between the Chargers and Raiders will kick off when a very large portion of America is in bed. See, the Oakland Athletics play Saturday, and apparently it takes about 24 hours for the folks at O.co Coliseum to convert the playing surface from baseball mode to football mode, and thus the Raiders have been moved from 1:25 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. local time.
That's probably a little annoying for Raiders fans who planned on attending the game Sunday afternoon, but the television implications are larger.
Coincidentally or not, it was moved so late that it means NBC maintains an exclusive time slot. Only under extreme circumstances does the NFL move games into prime-time slots. For example, in 2010, the league had to move a Giants-Vikings game to Monday night due to a snowstorm. Local FOX affiliates aired what wound up being Brett Favre's final game while ESPN took a small ratings hit with their game between the Ravens and Texans.
It also means CBS is losing a game, which is interesting. NFL Network will now carry it nationally, presumably with local affiliates airing it in San Diego and Oakland. That gives CBS the ability to air new episodes of The Amazing Race, The Good Wife and The Mentalist in regularly-scheduled slots in cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle. They'll still get local viewers, and this also gives them the chance to broadcast a much better Broncos-Cowboys game to the entire country.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports that CBS talent will still call the game, which gives us a chance to catch Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts in an exclusive time slot. The problem is that most of us on the east coast won't be able to stay up long enough to watch the whole thing.
Broadly, it's also the second time in five weeks in which Major League Baseball has forced the NFL to make a scheduling change. A conflict with the Orioles forced the Ravens to go on the road in the prime-time season-opener Sept. 5. Usually, the defending Super Bowl winner gets to host that NBC Thursday night opener. Small-battle victories for Bud Selig, who is still losing the war with professional football.
"apparently it takes about 24 hours for the folks at O.co Coliseum to convert the playing surface from baseball mode to football mode,"
No, it doesn't. This is about the 49'ers game starting at 530 PT and not wanting to conflict that with a game in the same market.
The entire nation will now get the Broncos/ Cowboys game on CBS at 4:25 PM. Westwood One also has made adjustments. They will now carry a quadruple header on Sunday. They added the Chargers/ Cowboys game to Westwood One's broadcast lineup and brought on Chuck Cooperstein and Trent Green to do the broadcast. Likewise Compass Media, who carries the Cowboys and Raiders, will have a triple header, with a regionally station split at the 1 PM slot.
@awfulannouncing does that make up for the Ravens having to start on the road?
@awfulannouncing and as a displaced chargers fan, I'm not happy about a game that'll end at 3 am my time
"It also means CBS is losing a game, presumably with local affiliates airing it in San Diego and Oakland."
I got to believe these were the only two markets that were going to carry the game anyway.
Enough with the Ravens debacle. Guess what the 2014 baseball schedule is out and the Orioles are home on September 4th (presumed Thursday night opener). They should move that game now. Fortunately the Seattle Mariners will be on the road, so that should let the Seahawks be home that night if they go the distance.
@Seanfranchise6 man ain't nobody trying to stay up late for that
That game will probably be winding down by then. Besides, Raiders-Chargers isn't exactly an elite matchup
@Brad_Gagnon wtf. that late??
@Seanfranchise6 helll no. I've got to be up at 5 am that morning for work anyway; not trying to pop No-Doz for that.
@Seanfranchise6 I AM good for something!!! Whoo!!
@JenJenMichelle Agreed and that reminds me to set my alarm for 5am tonight. lol
@Brad_Gagnon as soon as I read your first response, I thought about your second. Good point. Go Chargers.