June 22, 2024

Traditional CBS/Fox network assignments still apply to postseason, with one exception

In the second 12 months of the elimination of the standard CBS and Fox network assignments, with AFC video games going to CBS and NFC video games going to Fox, 49 games that may have landed at one network have been shifted to the opposite.

In the playoffs, the NFL says the previous guidelines stay in impact. With one exception.

Per the league, if CBS or Fox have solely one sport within the wild-card spherical, the standard alignment applies. Where, nonetheless, CBS or Fox have a second sport, the standard convention alignment applies solely to one.

So CBS might get, for instance, Ravens-Bills and Rams-Eagles — if it’s a 12 months by which CBS has two wild-card video games. Even although there are, in each wild-card spherical, three AFC playoff video games.

For divisional weekend, the standard convention alignments apply to the CBS and Fox video games. And, clearly, CBS will televise the AFC Championship and Fox will televise the NFC Championship.

It factors to a not-too-distant future by which the networks get whichever video games the NFL provides them, with no conventional alignments or formulation. It additionally means that packages can be carved up much more than they’re, with regular-season video games and playoff video games being bought individually.

That’s one of the non-obvious takeaways of the Netflix deal for Christmas video games. The league is realizing that it makes extra sense (and extra money) to promote huge video games on an a la carte foundation as a substitute of serving up total meals.