And the Winner Is ... the Super Bowl Over the Oscars?
According to Variety, that's a real possibility in the 2012-13 season, the time when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has identified as the likely year when the schedule may expand.
Bruce Davis, the executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars' governing board, told Variety that there have already been low-level discussions between the Academy and the NFL about a possible conflict between the Super Bowl and the Oscars, which are typically held on the last Sunday night in February.
The collision may arise if the NFL holds to its traditional post Labor Day launch with the extra week between the conference title games and the Super Bowl after an addition of two games to the schedule. That would back the football game right into the Oscars, considered the Super Bowl of awards shows.
While the Super Bowl is traditionally the most watched show of each U.S. television season, the Academy Awards are typically viewed by a substantially larger global audience. Yet, Davis knows which entity is likely to come out on top, and is already making plans to move the Oscars to the last Monday night in February.
"We're always happy to talk to the sports entities, but this is a going to be a tough one," said Davis. "It's hard for them to take us into consideration."
We here at FanHouse want to propose a solution that would work for all parties concerned. Specifically, the league, the Academy, ABC, which carries the Oscars, and CBS, which will have the Super Bowl that year, should work together to get rid of the monotonous four hour pre-game show and kick the game off at 2 p.m.
Then, instead of getting some way past his prime rocker for another lame halftime show, they could hand out all the Oscars then, or at least the important ones, like Best Picture and Best Set Designer. Then, when that's over, they could play the second half of the Super Bowl.
It's a win-win for everyone. No need to thank us. Just doing our jobs.