Doubleheader Times Moved Back; Falcons Not Affected

Doubleheader Times Moved Back; Falcons Not Affected

Jay Adams

Published June 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The NFL announced Thursday morning that it would be moving back the kickoff times for its 4:15 p.m. ET games 10 minutes to avoid overlap with 1 p.m. games that may finish later than expected.

With 4:15 p.m. ET games moving to 4:25 p.m. ET games, the Falcons’ 2012 schedule is not affected. The Falcons will play a 4:05 p.m. ET game in Week 3 at San Diego on Sept. 23, but the league says all 4:05 p.m. ET kickoffs will remain the same.

“In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff,” a league release read. “With a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games. Approximately 40 games over the full 2012 season will be impacted by the 10-minute kickoff time shift — with half of those moves coming in games played in Mountain or Pacific time zones with 1:25 p.m. or 2:25 p.m. local starts.”

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