NFL Shifting Around Sunday Schedule Due To The Masters: Here’s What’s Different

by Charles Craighill
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This Sunday, the final round of the prestigious Masters’ Tournament will air on CBS instead of the early NFL games. This Major PGA tournament has partnered with CBS for the past 64 years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the PGA postponed the competition from April to November. This year will be the first-ever year the Masters will occur in the fall.

While autumn in Augusta is arguably more beautiful than the Spring, the change does cause scheduling conflicts. The NFL consistently keeps a stranglehold on CBS Sundays during the fall, but for CBS, the Masters takes priority. So, in order to make room for both, the NFL has adjusted their schedule slightly. Here is all you need to know to keep up with both.

1:00 PM NFL Games

Due to the final round of The Masters lasting until at least 3:00 p.m., no 1:00 p.m. games will air on CBS. All five of the early afternoon kickoffs will appear on FOX instead. This will be the first time since at least 1998 that CBS will not show any games from that early afternoon slot.

4:00 PM Games

On another rare occasion, the NFL scheduled more 4:00 kickoffs than 1:00 ones. With that said, this year calls for many rare occassions. Typically, week 17 of the season plays more late afternoon games. Aside from week 17, this will be the first Sunday in at least ten years that will feature more late afternoon kickoffs than early. CBS and FOX will air three games apiece at that late afternoon time slot.

Announcers in the Booth

The all-star announcing team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will not appear in the booth this week for NFL Football. Nantz will keep his spot as the lead CBS announcer for The Masters, and therefor must take the week off from NFL. Romo, on the other hand, will take the week off from calling games.

While he doesn’t technically have conflicts, he loves golf as much as anyone. Romo actually appeared in a few PGA Tour events over the last few years. He started off pretty hot in the 2019 Safeway Open but ultimately failed to make the cut. With that in mind, you can bet he will have The Masters on all weekend.

While this all-star cast will miss this Sunday’s slate of games, they will grace us all with their presence at Super Bowl LV. That game will air on CBS on Monday, February 7, 2021, with a 5:30 pm ET kickoff.