By Jeremiah Delgado
Could it be true? The NFL is apparently considering getting rid of Thursday night football games, according to a report from ProFootballTalk. The report states, “Getting rid of Thursday games completely and possibly starting the package at Thanksgiving and continuing it through the end of the season, with games likely to generated broad interest selected in April for November/December programming.”
The current contract with the major networks for Thursday Night Football is in place until 2017.
There are a lot of steps that would have to take place before anything is official, but the fact that the league is considering it is potentially a positive one in multiple ways.
Many players want the Thursday night games abolished, but cutting them down would be a compromise of sorts. Last year, Richard Sherman expressed his distaste for the games by saying, “I mean it’s rough on the body. Any time you play a football game and play another one a few days later, it’s going to be tough on the body.” He went on to further state that league was contradicting themselves by saying they care about their players in an interview with ESPN.
Cutting the games down could give the NFL an opportunity to place better competition in these primetime games. Sure, the premise behind it is great, but fans still don’t want to see teams performing poorly because of a short week. Thinking about it from a realistic standpoint, does it make sense for teams to play just a few days after a game?
What if a team has to travel across country to play on a Thursday night? There is almost no time to practice and prepare for said team. The possibility of a team playing on Thursday after an overtime game is a real one. Just think of a team playing five quarters of football and then having to play on short rest.
Still, according to CNN Money, the league made a deal worth $450 million for the rights to Thursday Night Football. The league made a lot of money with this deal and might not want to see that money go away completely.