A spokesman for the National Football League said yesterday there are no plans to switch the sites or times of games Sunday, Oct. 7, when Pope John Paul II will celebrate a mass on the Mall in Washington.
The Redskins are to play the Philadelphia Eagles at 1 p.m. at RFK Stadium and the Baltimore Colts are to play the New York Jets at Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m.
The Redskins' game will be televised in this area because it already is sold out.
Presumably, the networks will telecast at least part of the mass. ABC does not carry NFL games on Sunday afternoons, allowing those with two television sets to watch the mass on that network and football games on the other two networks.
A spokesman for ABC said that network will carry baseball games on Sundays in September, but has nothing special in sports planned on Sundays for the rest of the pro football season, when "Wide World of Sports" is off the air.
The league says it has received no requests from CBS or NBC, or the Redskins or the Colts, to switch the times of games and does not know what the networks are planning.
The NFL said it probably is too early to expect decisions by the networks about events five weeks from now. NFL Commission Pete Rozelle would make the decision on any requests to change game times.
The league did not switch any game times Sept. 4, 1978, when the installation ceremony of Pope John Paul I was telecast and conflicted with the Redskins' game at New England, and other games.
Major league baseball playoffs are scheduled from Oct. 3 through Oct. 7 and will be carried by NBC.