Monday Night Football has been an NFL staple for over five decades.
It’s an indelible part of the game’s history, be it through the legendary games and the iconic broadcasters that gave life to every snap.
But aside from changing the game’s broadcasting tandem, more upgrades are coming its way.
Starting in 2023, ESPN’s Monday Night Football finally will include flex scheduling from Weeks 14-18, and also will feature three Monday Night Football doubleheaders, per the NFL’s V.P. of broadcast scheduling, Mike North. That and more here:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 16, 2022
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted, “Starting in 2023, ESPN’s Monday Night Football finally will include flex scheduling from Weeks 14-18, and also will feature three Monday Night Football doubleheaders, per the NFL’s V.P. of broadcast scheduling, Mike North.”
The NFL uses flex scheduling in Sunday games from Weeks 11 to 17.
This approach ensures quality matchups in all time slots during those weeks wherein the games will have more implications.
Aside from the primetime slots, teams could also be featured in the 4:25 p.m. ET schedule at either CBS or FOX.
Monday Night Football doubleheaders are also an exciting addition to a long-standing tradition.
However, it’s still uncertain who will cover the other game for ESPN.
Still, those who can’t get enough football should welcome this thrilling change.
How Flex Scheduling Was Used In 2021
Since the NFL had its first 17-game regular season, flex scheduling was used from Weeks 11 to 18.
In Weeks 5 to 10, flex scheduling can only be used in two of those weeks.
The league also listed the games tentatively set from Weeks 5 to 17 on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
Flex scheduling did not apply to Thursday Night Football.
For Week 18, two Saturday and two Sunday games were determined not later than six days before January 9, 2022.