The National Geographic Channel announced on Friday that it is ending its NFL coverage for the next six months and will begin its coverage of Miami Football on Sunday, Nov. 10.
The network will be back in the Miami-area by the end of 2018.
“The National Geographic crew will be returning to Miami for a year-long series that will tell the story of the Dolphins through the eyes of the players, coaches, and owners who have invested in them over the last 20 years,” the network said in a statement.
“The coverage will bring the Miami Dolphins to life in a way no other sports network has ever done.
This series will be broadcast on NBC and on ESPN.”
The Miami Dolphins will return to the broadcast booth after the end-of-season season in 2018.
It will be the last time the NFL will air the Miami game in the fall of 2018 and a return to Miami will be necessary for the NFL to keep the Miami football schedule up to date.
In addition to a two-week delay on the season-opening Miami Dolphins game, the network announced that it will not air the New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys game that takes place on Nov. 8 at 8:30 p.m.
The games are scheduled to air on NBCSN, but the network will not use its local affiliates to air the games.
The two games will air on ESPN3.
The networks schedule has also been delayed, but not to the extent of having to cancel its entire season, because the network had to move the 2017 and 2018 Super Bowls from their home dates to the new Nov. 11 date.
The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played on Dec. 3 in Seattle, but a date change is not expected.
The NFL schedule has been a thorn in the side of the NFL’s fans for years, with fans protesting the league’s lack of scheduling flexibility.
Last year, fans and players staged protests at the Super Bowl in Philadelphia, which resulted in the NFL taking down its website, and in late March, fans staged a protest outside a Denver Broncos home game and were arrested.