Just throwing a question out there to solicit your opinions. I doubt anyone will have the answer, but at least hearing your theories would be good. Probably only the marketers at the NFL know the answer.
Why does it seem the Bears are always locked into the Noon Sunday start when they host divisional playoff games? They played at Noon on Sunday against the Seahawks in 2006 and the Panthers in 2005. In 2001 when they hosted the Eagles, I believe they started at 3 p.m. on Sunday that day, but that was because those games were slotted at 3 p.m. and at night; there was no earlier game.
I would think it would be cool to get a Saturday night playoff game one of these years, but it never seems to happen for Chicago. Any ideas why? Does anyone out there want to send a question to the Bears or maybe an “expert in the real media”? I think it’s a valid question.
My only guess is that it’s easier to get strong TV ratings for the later games, and the NFL and networks know they have a winner in Bears games no matter when they play. It’s more than just coincidence that the Bears always get the Noon Sunday game.