Fortunately, flex scheduling saved national television from the nightmare that could have been a prime time matchup between the Patriots and the winless Colts, originally scheduled for Sunday night.
Unfortunately, such flex scheduling doesn’t exist for Monday Night Football, and the nation watched in awe (or was that a stupor?) as the 4-7 San Diego Chargers, hot off a six-game losing streak, dismantled the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are lucky they’re in the same division as the winless Colts, or else they might be the embarrassment of the year.
The reasons why they should allow flex scheduling are pretty obvious. It would prevent bore fests like the one we saw last night. The reasons why they shouldn’t, however, are a little less obvious or all-encompassing.
Travel plans are a hassle, and since not everyone flies Southwest, change fees would cause some problems for fans needing to reschedule their flights, not to mention the hassle of re-booking hotel rooms and other inconveniences for traveling fans.
Cities that host Monday night games probably see a bit more revenue for those games than they do for others during the season, as the prime time spotlight is likely considered a draw for fans, sponsors and more.
Thus, while it might inconvenience the national television audiences to sit through a borefest on Monday night, it might more greatly inconvenience the hosts of the games and the fans in attendance should their game get flexed out of that Monday night spot.