NFL thinking of getting rid of ‘Thursday Night Football’?
Reports are going around that the NFL might be planning to call “Thursday Night Football” quits. According to Pro Football Talk, the league is thinking about either eliminating Thursday night games or limiting the number of them.
If changes are made, it won’t be until after the 2017 season. CBS and NBC signed contracts in February 2016 for two seasons of “Thursday Night Football.” After that deal expires, the league could do whatever it wants with the Thursday games.
And they might do nothing. The NFL on Monday denied Pro Football Talk’s report. According to the league, “we are fully committed to ‘Thursday Night Football’ and any reports to the contrary are unfounded.”
More likely they’ll just make some changes to the schedule in order to – what else? – save money. The fact is, “Thursday Night Football” ratings have fallen. Most of the games aren’t very competitive, and the teams that play that night do so with less rest and preparation than those playing on Sunday.
“Something has to be done about ‘Thursday Night Football’,” former NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden said. “It just doesn’t work. It’s not only a fan thing, it’s a team thing. It’s a safety thing. It’s a competitive thing. It doesn’t work.”
According to CBS Sports, one possibility (if Thursday games aren’t entirely eliminated) is only playing on the Thursdays after Thanksgiving. Obviously, nothing will happen to Thanksgiving Day games, as those are always popular. Considering “Thursday Night Football” has only been around for 10 years – and until 2012, Thursday night games weren’t held before November – getting rid of them, or cutting back, wouldn’t be too drastic.
Do you think “Thursday Night Football” should be eliminated?