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'Cold-weather owners' want Labor Day kickoff date

Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:36 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 2:40 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL has long foregone a Labor Day weekend kickoff, for various reasons (people are traveling so ticket sales and ratings hurt a little, etc., etc.) but the likelihood of an 18-game season could open up Labor Day as a possible football date.

CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported on Sunday there's another reason why the NFL might happen that weekend -- a group of 'cold-weather owners' want to keep their fans out of the cold. Literally.

"Remember, there would be a bye on Labor Day, and the season would begin the week after Labor Day," Casserly said when James Brown inquired about the 18-game schedule. "However, I've learned there's a group of northern owners, cold-weather owners, that want to start the season on Labor Day to have one less game in January.

"The reason? It's hard to sell tickets in January, and you're going to have no-shows with people that have already bought tickets."

The idea of losing ticket sales to "vacationers" takes less of a hit when suddenly, that Sunday kickoff weekend becomes a "vacation" of it's own -- fans would be able to attend NFL games with their friends and families without worrying about keeping kids out late or being, ahem, tired after hanging out in a football stadium all day Sunday.

Additionally, the NFL would get monster ratings during the Sunday time frame, as it's a pretty typical date for cookouts and gatherings of friends and family around the country.

That being said, though, there's probably nothing good about a division of opinion amongst one of the sides in an already contentious debate -- if the owners can't agree on how to handle an 18-game schedule that most players don't prefer ever to see, negotiations could get even uglier than they already are.



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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:05 am
 

'Cold-weather owners' want Labor Day kickoff date

"None of the fans care about sitting in the cold.... in fact we love to watch warm weather teams come into our stadiums abd be shocked by the cold. I have never heard any REAL fans complain or any real fans not show up for cold weather games. This is bogus IMHO"

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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:03 am
 

'Cold-weather owners' want Labor Day kickoff date

Well said.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:23 am
 

'Cold-weather owners' want Labor Day kickoff date

None of the fans care about sitting in the cold.... in fact we love to watch warm weather teams come into our stadiums abd be shocked by the cold. I have never heard any REAL fans complain or any real fans not show up for cold weather games. This is bogus IMHO



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:00 pm
 

'Cold-weather owners' want Labor Day kickoff date

There should be 20 games with no bye weeks...this is football, not baseball...It would make backup selection actually mean something..



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 4:26 pm
 

'Cold-weather owners' want Labor Day kickoff date

What a farce to crack down on all these helmet to helmet hits, and then only selectively, in the name of safety  and then declare that the NFL wants to add two more games.  So are they concerned about safety or not?  Goodell as commissioner is not in the best interests of the NFL.  What an ivory tower hypocrite.


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