The National Football League announced on Thursday that the kickoff times for Sunday afternoon games previously beginning at 3:15 p.m. CST will be moved to 3:25 p.m. CST; a difference of 10 minutes.
Currently, there will be no change to any games beginning at 3:05 p.m. CST. Likewise, evening kickoffs will remain as currently scheduled.
The NFL researched the change and found that between 2009 and 2011, 44 games required a part of the audience to be switched to the mandatory double-header kickoff at 3:15 p.m. CST, thus missing the end of the noon game.
With the change, the League estimates they will eliminate 66% of that minor annoyance.
Approximately 40 games across the League will be impacted by the time change, with the Chicago Bears only seeing one game currently affected. The Bears’ trip to Arizona on December 23 will kickoff at 3:25 p.m. here in Chicago.
There are, however, several games late in the Bears’ season that are subject to flex scheduling and others could wind up in the 3:25 p.m. CST time slot.