Why are Minnesota Vikings on FOX vs Denver?

psb

New Member
Dec 4, 2011
#1
the Sunday gm vs Broncos 4 the Vikings gm which is a home gm is on FOX, i was posative thar when an NFC team plays a AFC team & its at the NFC team site, its 4 sure on CBS, likewise if its at the AFC site, then its on FOX...but this is at the Metrodome in MINN, here in cleve it shows it on the tvguide chann as being on FOX, i am baffled, somebody please help shed some lite on this?
 

Dave

Well-Known Member
Sep 9, 2007
#3
found this on espn website:

A change in broadcast networks for the Denver Broncos-Minnesota Vikings game in Week 13 revealed changes in the way the NFL will broadcast its games.

The NFL on Monday announced that the Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints game was flexed to the Sunday night spot on NBC. The Broncos-Vikings game, which originally was on CBS, was switched to Fox at 1 p.m. ET. Also, the Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots game, which was the scheduled Sunday night game on Dec. 4, reverts to 1 p.m. on CBS and the Baltimore Ravens-Cleveland Browns game was moved to 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS.

The NFL couldn't leave Fox with only two early games in its doubleheader week, so it took a game from CBS who had eight, according to a league source.

It is the first time that this has happened to the league's knowledge. In the new NFL deal, there will be lots of this -- switching games between networks and less emphasis on CBS being the home for AFC games and the same for Fox and NFC games.

It is a way for the NFL to close the disparity between what CBS pays and what Fox pays.
 

james

Well-Known Member
Oct 6, 2007
#4
Go Blue is crazy...you are right...the away team is the team that decides which channel it's on. I, too, will be shocked if the Vikings aren't on CBS tomorrow. I'd blame tvguide for now...but perhaps it's just a fluke thing!
 

richard

Well-Known Member
Jun 9, 2009
#6
First of all it is the visiting team that determines which network an NFL game will be played on--all non prime time Sunday games where the AFC team is visiting are shown on CBS---all non prime time Sunday games where the NFC team is visiting are shown on FOX. When the Indy/new England Sunday night game was flexed in favor of Detroit/new Orleans that gave CBS too many early games so they gave the Denver/Minnesota game to FOX to even things out---the CBS/FOX visiting team rule has been in effect since 1970.
 
Dec 4, 2011
#7
flex scheduling by the nfl, you are right its to be on CBS usually, but because of the rising popularity of the broncos (go figure), the NFL moved it to noon on FOX....this is the first time that has happened..!
 
Oct 11, 2011
#9
Because FOX typically carries NFC games, while CBS carries AFC games. Not sure why that is. As a Chargers fan I would rather see them play on FOX because I dig the little robot football player dude, and FOX is the one who revolutionized the whole 4-man analyst team of Jimmy-Terry-Howie-Whoever.