NFL Week 17: Sunday Night Football Selection Post-Mortem

December 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Two years ago, two sports-media columnists got into an argument over whether the NFL was compelled to select an AFC game for Sunday Night Football Week 17.
One of them claimed that the NFL was bound to keep the balance of primetime games taken from CBS and Fox relatively even, and the NFL had taken so many Fox games that they absolutely had to take a CBS game Week 17.
The other disputed his claim but eventually conceded, and it turned out to be irrelevant because the only game guaranteed to be relevant before primetime was Broncos-Chargers for the AFC West crown.
But for me, that was only the beginning. After all, a rule like this would surely be relevant to my own attempts to predict the Sunday Night games, so even though the columnists in question never directly stated what it was, I surely needed to know.
Intrigued, I decided to count the number of games taken from each network over the course of that season and found that the balance was Fox 22, CBS 19. That mea...

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