What You Missed This Offseason: Late Game Kickoffs Moved Back 10 Minutes

The announcement came down in June, but if you don’t follow football 24/7, you may not have heard that the NFL put an end to one of the biggest Sunday afternoon frustrations. Afternoon games will now start 10 minutes later to give us a chance to see any fourth quarter heroics at the end of the early games.

The NFL has announced that kickoffs for late games will be moved back 10 minutes, from 4:15 ET to 4:25. That’s because the NFL’s arcane broadcast rules have forced viewers to be switched away from the ends of games, often very exciting ends, to catch the start of the second game featuring their territorial home team. According to the league, that’s happened 44 times over the past three seasons.

No need for angry tweets about missing the final minutes? Now what am I supposed to do between games…

email