NFL tweaks several television rules for 2019, including elimination of single-headers
In a move that will please television viewers in two-team markets, the NFL has announced it will eliminate the single-header rule, meaning fans throughout the country will get to see three games every Sunday afternoon during the 2019 regular season.
The decision was one of several TV-related ones to come out of Wednesday’s owners meetings in Key Biscayne, Florida.
In addition, the league will push Sunday playoff games in the divisional round later in the day — to 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET — to match the kickoff times in the conference championship round.
And the number of commercial breaks in the Super Bowl will be cut from five to four per quarter.
The most impactful of Wednesday’s changes involve the single-header, which previously occurred when viewers in two-team markets (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland and Washington/Baltimore) would only get the two games involving their home teams — and not a second game on the network televising that week’s Sunday doubleheader.
The move will guarantee three Sunday afternoon games for every market, in addition to the nationally televised Sunday night game.