Get ready for some early morning NFL football in 2015.
The NFL finalized the schedule of the three London games on Thursday, and they will all start at 9:30 a.m. ET. That means fans from the United States can essentially enjoy a "quadruple-header" of televised games on Oct. 4, Oct. 25, and Nov. 1.
The NFL tested out the different timing of the game in Week 8 of the 2014 season with Atlanta and Detroit facing off early. For folks like myself on the West Coast, that meant NFL football starting as the sun came up.
This season's matchups were established in November. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins face off Oct. 4; the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 25; and the Detroit Lions battle the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 1.
The Bills-Jags matchup will be distributed over a digital platform and be available worldwide, it was announced at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix.
The early morning start puts a different spotlight on the London games, with a national audience able to see them without any competition. The extra "window" of games also provides something for a league that is always looking for new properties. We'd be surprised if these early morning games don't become a tradition for the NFL in years to come.
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