Posted December 04, 2013

NFL’s TV takeover continues: Falcons-Lions London game scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET

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The NFL will play three games overseas in London next season.

The NFL will play three games overseas in London next season. (Matt Dunham/AP)

A few weeks back on Twitter, I somewhat jokingly suggested that the NFL copy ESPN’s 24-hour college hoops marathon format and line up six or seven nationally televised games in a row. Well, we’re one step closer now: The NFL announced that next season’s Falcons-Lions game from Wembley Stadium in London willkick off at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Per Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ website, that game (scheduled for Oct. 26, 2014) will be broadcast on FOX as a lead-in to the rest of that day’s slate.

You might recall that because of the MLB playoffs, the Raiders had a game moved to 11:35 p.m. ET this season. So … if the NFL can just find a way to drop games in around 3 and 6 a.m. — how about one in Sydney and one in Rome? — our 24-hour binge could be completed.

Oh, and here’s a spoiler for you: That morning game will pull impressive ratings, especially as an alternative to the usual pregame show drain.

BELLER: NFL will test fantasy owners’ resolve with 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff

31 comments
Fifilo
Fifilo

Already diluted and now overstretched.

MarkCalasade
MarkCalasade

You know, the longer Goodell is commish of the NFL the less I watch the game. The odd thing is, I don't miss watching football all that much. I like to read articles about what's going on in the league, check out who won now and again, but to watch it on TV? To sit through two hours of mind-numbing commercials to see sixty minutes of over-regulated football?


Nah.

ACKennedy86
ACKennedy86

I think this is awesome. Sunday funday / mail it in Monday just got that much better

tootallgoof
tootallgoof

The job of any commish in any sport is to increase profits.   The NFL obviously believes going overseas will increase profits and it makes sense at least in the short term.   The US is saturated with no room for expansion or moving a team (outside LA).

I do not know if expansion is a good idea or not until I see where a team is placed and on the face do not like the London team idea.  

LA will be kept for an expansion team since it will bring in more money to the league versus a team moving.   The entry fee is massive especially for a team in LA.   But to expand to LA, the league would want a second team to balance the leagues out.   What is left: Las Vegas (never going to happen), Toronto (maybe), Portland/Vancover(doubtful but it would setup a natural rival with Seattle), Nashville (do not see it working), San Antonio (probably the best option of the list)?   


sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Goodell is a DB.  Stop trying to make football "better."  It does not need to be played in London and we don't need more times/days to see it.  Take the billions you already make and be happy.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

At least it's a game that no one cares about

Action
Action

So that game will start at 5:30 AM in Las Vegas.  I'm sure the sports books are thrilled.

AYahoo!u5er
AYahoo!u5er

An NFL game at 9 am on a Sunday? A lot of people will still be hungover/screwing their wives. 

piizzadude
piizzadude

The bar opens at 8...mimosas just don't seem to be a footbal warmup drink though...

Boogieman1281
Boogieman1281

The Outback Bowl used to start at 11 AM, and the Cotton Bowl started at 11 eastern (10 local) a couple of times, so it's really not that big of a deal.  Less so, even, when you consider London is 5 hours ahead of the East Coast.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

One word:  overreach.

The NFL has tried numerous times to inject the NFL into Europe.  It has always failed miserably.  Watching the last game played in London, there seemed to me to be a whole lot of empty seats.  

This is how empires fall:  they think they are greater than they are, overreach, and fall.  The NFL is headed that way.

duckfan59
duckfan59

They just need to stop this ridiculous ****.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

(read to monday night football theme song)

GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTS ITS SURE TO BE AN OMLET OF A MORNING HERE IN LONDON.  ITS 6AM ON THE WEST COAST, THE BAGELS ARE WARM...THE EGGOS ARE CRISP,  THIS  PANCAKE FESTIVAL IS ABOUT TO KICK OFF.  WE WELCOME ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE PREGAME SHOW SINCE 4AM .  AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!  

TwitSpif
TwitSpif

They don't want this soccer thing to catch on so they're nipping it in the bud by programming against it. 

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

and this is dumb and if the falcons are as pathetic as this year, i mean the only person this really excites is the fantasy player who might have stafford or bush, or johnson, or ryan, or white or jones 

TheHip1
TheHip1

Um the West Coast has been watching games at 10a forever so why is this news? Oh yeah because it is happening on the East Coast and everything revolves around them...NOT!

Action
Action

6:30 I mean, but the sports books will have to open very early.  Unlike the rest of the casino, the sports books actually close.

RadRat67
RadRat67

@TheHip1 They probably said Eastern time because both teams involved are east coast teams in the Eastern Time Zone.  I'm sure that if it was SF vs Seattle in the London game the headline would have said the game starts 6:30 Pacific time

parkbrav
parkbrav

@TheHip1Do you realize that the East Coast has to stay up until 12 am on a Thursday night / Sunday night / Monday night just to watch an east coast divisional game? And why is that? Because the NFL caters to the West Coast hand and foot!

Boogieman1281
Boogieman1281

@TheHip1 Nearly 50% of the US lives in the Eastern Time zone, and more than 70% in Eastern and Central, so why wouldn't most things revolve around those places?

Macheen
Macheen

Yeah, the game starts in the afternoon London time (2:30 PM). Doesn't seem out of the ordinary to me.

joe6647
joe6647

@TheHip1 The only media on the west coast is in LA and SF.  Not many pro sports media outlets north and west of Texas (idaho, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, etc.  )

Lots of pro sports media outlets in NY, Boston, Philly, Baltimore, Miami and even the Carolinas.  Hence, the east coast bias

fless_43
fless_43

@TheHip1 The big deal - this game will be played at 6:30am on the West Coast.  That's a pretty substantial news story.  Get over yourself.  

John64
John64

@Action  Whatever degenerate gambler is betting on Lions-Falcons deserves to be inconvenienced.

Dave Peterson
Dave Peterson

@fless_43 @TheHip1 Lotta people here acting as if the worst news they had all day is that a game might start earlier than they normally find convenient to turn on their TV's.


How rough your lives must be....

SpencerJ
SpencerJ

@fless_43 @TheHip1 That's NOT the story, read the headline. "game will start at 9:30 EST"

Wait... you CAN read right?