The NFL Is Reportedly Considering A Massive Change To The League
The NFL is reportedly considering eliminating games on Thursday night.
The news was broken by ProFootballTalk that the NFL is weighing its options going into the future regarding the schedule because of financial restrictions. (SLIDESHOW: 13 Times Lindsey Vonn Proved She’s One Of The Hottest Women Alive)
The groundbreaking report reads in part:
Options include (but aren’t limited to) 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 generate broad interest selected in April for November/December programming. Thursday Night Football debuted a decade ago as a device for providing game content for NFL Network, allowing the league-owned operation to generate higher fees from cable and satellite providers.
As the source explained it, the money generated from NFL Network due to the annual slate of exclusive games isn’t large enough to make it an impediment to broader efforts to strike the right balance between giving national audiences enough, but not too much, pro football — and to ensure that games played in prime time are truly worthy of being seen.
NFL ratings have been down across the board for the entire 2016 season, and according to the league management the presidential election was to blame. The league does not feel San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem has anything to do with the ratings decline. (RELATED: NFL Blames Trump, Clinton For Ratings Decline And Not Kaepernick)
Another possible reason ratings are down is because the primetime matches have not been overly appealing. The last two games were the New Orleans Saints against the Carolina Panthers and the Cleveland Browns against the Baltimore Ravens. Neither game is going to draw much interest from a national audience.
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