GM's Corner: NFL Televised Game Schedules for 2013-2014

The NFL Televised Game Schedules for 2013-2014

Upcoming NFL Season for KMEG (CBS) and KPTH (FOX)

Each year I hear from many of our viewers via phone calls and e-mails about why didn't we carry this game or why did we carry that game. Believe me I get it. As a BIG NFL and pure football fan myself, I understand team loyalties and the desire to see your favorite team on your local stations. I wanted to take this opportunity to explain to you how NFL scheduling works from our end, and to help you know what to expect from us during the upcoming NFL season.

The reality of life in Siouxland relating to the NFL is this - FOX (KPTH) carries the NFC and CBS (KMEG) carries the AFC. That means that, generally speaking, we will carry the Vikings games on FOX and the Chiefs games on CBS. Now, once in a while a scenario develops where we might have a week where the Vikings are playing an AFC team and the league has designated that game as a CBS game instead of a FOX game. So in that scenario we would carry the Vikings game on CBS (KMEG) - unless there was a Chiefs game assigned to CBS (KMEG) that aired at the same time (i.e. both early game start times). The reverse could also happen with a Chiefs game versus an NFC opponent being assigned to FOX.

So as a rule we will always try to carry the Vikings on FOX, the Chiefs on CBS and, in unusual circumstances involving cross-conference opponents for these two teams, we will defer to the team assigned to that network (Vikings FOX, Chiefs CBS) first and then if possible carry the Vikings on CBS (as long as it doesn't conflict with a Chiefs game) and the Chiefs on FOX (as long as it doesn't conflict with a Vikings game). So now you are probably really confused!

There also seems to be a great deal of confusion about how double-headers work. As a rule, in non-NFL team markets, one network gets two games on one Sunday and then the other network gets two games on another Sunday. Sometimes one network will get two double-header weeks in a row. This is NFL scheduling folks, not the local stations. If we have a Vikings game with an early start on FOX and it is a single-header week for FOX we cannot carry the second game on FOX even if it is Green Bay or Chicago because it is a double-header designated week for CBS (KMEG).

So for purposes of explanation here is how the 2013 television season breaks out for single-header and double-header weeks between FOX (KPTH) and CBS (KMEG) here in Siouxland:

FOX (KPTH) Single-header weeks: 9/15, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10, 11/28 (Thanksgiving Day Game), 12/1, 12/22

FOX (KPTH) Double-header weeks: 9/8, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/17, 11/24, 12/8, 12/15, 12/29

CBS (KMEG) Single-header weeks: 9/8, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/17, 11/24, 11/28 (Thanksgiving Day Game), 12/8, 12/15

CBS (KMEG) Double-header weeks: 9/15, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10, 12/1, 12/22, 12/29

You will notice that there are several instances this coming season where one network gets two double-headers in a row. Also, on 12/29, both networks get a double-header. This is network and NFL scheduling again folks, not me or our stations scheduling it. Each network local affiliate gets to carry 27 regular season games.

Local television schedules for games to be aired in Siouxland are below.

The schedules for each station are listed below. These are subject to change if the league and NBC, as an example, decide to move a game for playoff implication reasons to a Sunday night.

So let's take a look at the CBS (KMEG) schedule first:

KMEG 14/CBS NFL Football Schedule for 2013/2014

WeekTeamsDayDatesTimes Pre-Season: Seattle @ Green BayFriday8/23/137-10pm St. Louis @ DenverSaturday8/24/137-10pm Regular Season: Week #1 Kansas City @ JacksonvilleSunday9/8/1312n-3pmWeek #2San Diego @ PhiladelphiaSunday9/15/1312n-3pmWeek #2Denver @ NY GiantsSunday9/15/133:25-6pmWeek #3Cleveland @ MinnesotaSunday9/22/1312n-3pmWeek #3Indianapolis @ San FranciscoSunday9/22/133:25-6pmWeek #4Pittsburgh-Minnesota (FROM LONDON)Sunday9/29/1312n-3pmWeek #5Kansas City @ TennesseeSunday10/6/1312n-3pmWeek #5Denver @ DallasSunday10/6/133:25-6pmWeek #6Oakland @ Kansas CitySunday10/13/1312n-3pmWeek #7Houston @ Kansas CitySunday10/20/1312n-3pmWeek #7Cleveland @ Green BaySunday10/20/133:25-6pmWeek #8Cleveland @ Kansas CitySunday10/27/1312n-3pm Week #9Kansas City @ BuffaloSunday11/3/1312n-3pmWeek #9Pittsburgh @ New EnglandSunday11/3/133:25-6pmWeek #10Cincinnati @ Baltimore Sunday11/10/1312n-3pmWeek #10Denver @ San DiegoSunday11/10/133:25-6pmWeek #11Baltimore @ ChicagoSunday11/17/133:05-6pmWeek #12San Diego @ Kansas CitySunday11/24/1312n-3pmWeek #13Oakland @ Dallas (Thanksgiving Day) Thursday11/28/133:30-6pmWeek #13Denver @ Kansas CitySunday12/1/1312n-3pmWeek #13New England @ HoustonSunday12/1/133:25-6pmWeek #14Kansas City @ WashingtonSunday12/8/1312n-3pmWeek #15Kansas City @ OaklandSunday12/15/133:05-6pm Week #16Indianapolis @ Kansas CitySunday12/22/1312n-3pmWeek #16Pittsburgh @ Green BaySunday12/22/133:25-6pmWeek #17Baltimore @ CincinnatiSunday12/29/1312n-3pmWeek #17Kansas City @ San DiegoSunday12/29/133:25-6pm

OK so let's talk about the CBS (KMEG) schedule. The first thing you will notice is that there are two Vikings games that will be carried on CBS (KMEG) as they are playing AFC teams - 9/22 versus Cleveland and 9/29 against Pittsburgh from London.

Also there are no Chiefs games on CBS (KMEG) on the following dates:

9/15 - Chiefs play the Cowboys on FOX. This is a single-header day for FOX so we will carry the Vikings at the Bears game. No Chiefs game will be televised on this day.

9/22 - Chiefs play Thursday night 9/19 versus the Eagles.

11/10 - Chiefs Bye week.

Now let's take a look at the FOX (KPTH/FOX 44) schedule:

KPTH/Fox 44 NFL Football Schedule for 2013/2014

WeekTeamsDayDatesTimes Pre-Season: Tampa Bay @ New EnglandFriday8/16/137-10pm Indianapolis @ NY GiantsSunday8/18/136-9pm New Orleans @ TexansSunday8/25/133-6pm Regular Season: Week #1 Minnesota@ DetroitSunday9/8/1312n-3pmWeek #1Green Bay @ San FranciscoSunday9/8/133:25-6pmWeek #2Minnesota @ ChicagoSunday9/15/1312n-3pmWeek #3Green Bay @ CincinnatiSunday9/22/1312n-3pmWeek #4NY Giants @ Kansas City ChiefsSunday9/29/1312n-3pmWeek #4Philadelphia @ DenverSunday9/29/133:25-6pmWeek #5Detroit @ Green BaySunday10/6/1312n-3pmWeek #6Carolina @ MinnesotaSunday10/13/1312n-3pmWeek #6New Orleans @ New EnglandSunday10/13/133:25-6pmWeek #7Chicago @ WashingtonSunday10/20/1312n-3pmWeek #8Dallas @ DetroitSunday10/27/1312n-3pmWeek #8Washington @ DenverSunday10/27/133:25-6pmWeek #9Minnesota @ DallasSunday11/3/1312n-3pmWeek #10Philadelphia @ Green BaySunday11/10/1312n-3pmWeek #11Detroit @ PittsburghSunday11/17/1312n-3pmWeek #11Minnesota @ SeattleSunday11/17/133:25-6pmWeek #12Minnesota @ Green BaySunday11/24/1312n-3pmWeek #12Dallas @ NY GiantsSunday11/24/133:25-6pmWeek #13Green Bay @ Detroit (Thanksgiving Day) Thursday11/28/1311:30a-2pmWeek #13Chicago @ MinnesotaSunday12/1/1312n-3pmWeek #14Minnesota @ BaltimoreSunday12/8/1312n-3pmWeek #14Seattle @ San FranciscoSunday12/8/133:25-6pm Week #15Philadelphia @ MinnesotaSunday12/15/1312n-3pmWeek #15Green Bay @ DallasSunday12/15/133:25-6pmWeek #16Minnesota @ CincinnatiSunday 12/22/1312n-3pmWeek #17Detroit @ MinnesotaSunday12/29/1312n-3pmWeek #17Green Bay @ ChicagoSunday12/29/133:25-6pm

OK so now the FOX (KPTH) schedule for the upcoming season. You will see immediately that we will carry one Kansas City Chiefs game on KPTH this coming season on 9/29 against the NY Giants.

Also, there are no Vikings games on FOX (KPTH) on the following dates:

9/29 - Vikings play Pittsburgh in London on CBS (KMEG).

10/6 - Vikings Bye Week.

10/20 - Vikings play Monday Night versus NY Giants on ESPN.

10/27 - Vikings play Sunday night on NBC versus Green Bay Packers.

11/10 - Vikings play Thursday night 11/7 versus Washington Redskins on NFL Network.

I am hopeful that this information will help you enjoy the NFL games this fall on KMEG (CBS) and FOX 44 (KPTH/FOX) for the upcoming season. It should help to eliminate some of the confusion/frustration you feel at times as to why things happen the way they do. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail me at and I will reply as soon as I am able. I will attempt to tackle the playoff scenarios for you with game times and dates in a later blog near the end of the season.

Here's to a terrific NFL season for the Vikings, the Chiefs and to whomever your favorite team is!!!

Steve Scollard

Vice President & General Manager