NFL Schedule Changes: Afternoon Games Bumped 10 Minutes

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Chester Taylor #29 of the Arizona Cardinals gets tackled by Red Bryant #79 and teammate David Hawthorne #57 of the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. Arizona won 23-20. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

First reported by John Ourand of the Sports Business Daily, the NFL has decided to move back all previously scheduled 1:15 PM PT regular season games in the 2012 season to 1:25 PM PT. This should help to eliminate a lot of the overlap for the 10:00 AM PT games that run long or hit overtime. According to the press release, 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. With a 1:25 PM PT kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.

From what I can see, this means the Seahawks' Week 1 matchup at Arizona is moved back ten minutes, as is their Week 14 game against the Cardinals, Week 16 game against the 49ers, and Week 17 game against the Rams, all at CenturyLink .

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