By Jerry Magee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
October 7, 2006
On the NFL calendar, Monday nights are the evenings to encircle in red. For now, anyhow. Just wait until November.
From Weeks 10 through 15 and again in Week 17, the league for the first time will be going to flexible scheduling, with NBC to a considerable degree having an option of determining which games it wishes to place in its national focus on Sunday nights.
“It's probably an idea whose time has come,” said John Madden, here to offer his analysis on NBC's telecast of tomorrow evening's Chargers-Steelers game. “You couldn't do it on Monday because you would have to change a team from playing on Sunday to playing on Monday.”
CBS and Fox can exempt a certain number of games they are scheduled to televise from being shifted to Sunday evenings. Games scheduled on Monday nights and televised by ESPN cannot be moved.