Monday night football has been an NFL major for more than five decades.
It’s an integral part of the game’s history, be it through legendary games and iconic broadcasters that have given life to every snap.
Joe Buck and Troy Eikman will now carry on the legacy started by Don Meredith, Howard Kosel and Frank Gifford.
But in addition to changing the tandem of game broadcasting, more upgrades are coming.
Beginning in 2023, ESPN’s Monday Night Football will finally include the Flex schedule within 14-18 weeks and will also have three Monday Night Football doubleheaders, according to NFL Broadcast Scheduling VP Mike North. Here it is and more:
– Adam Shafter (AdamShafter) May 18, 2022
ESPN NFL insider Adam Shefter tweeted, “Beginning in 2023, ESPN’s Monday Night Football will finally include a 14-18 week flex schedule, and will also have three Monday Night Football doubleheaders, according to NFL Broadcast Schedule VP Mike North.”
The NFL uses the Flex schedule in Sunday games from 11 to 17 weeks.
This method ensures quality matchup in all time slots in those weeks where games will have more impact.
In addition to primetime slots, parties can also be shown on CBS or FOX at 4:25 pm ET.
Monday night football doubleheaders are an exciting addition to a long-standing tradition.
However, it is still unclear who will cover the other game for ESPN.
Even then, those who are not getting enough football should welcome this exciting change.
How flex scheduling was used in 2021
Since the NFL had its first 17-game regular season, the Flex schedule was used between 11 and 18 weeks.
Between 5 and 10 weeks, the Flex schedule can only be used during these two weeks.
The league also lists games that are temporarily set for weeks 5 to 17 on Sunday night football on NBC.
The Flex schedule does not apply to Thursday night football.
For 18 weeks, two Saturday and two Sunday games were scheduled for six days before January 9, 2022.