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Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:19 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 12:44 pm
 
Commissioner Roger Goodell's announcement that the NFL will expand from eight to 13 Thursday-night games this season is great for TV and fans, but it's not so great for NFL players and teams ... unless, of course, the league does what is reasonable and necessary.


And that's to make Thursday-night games available only to teams coming off byes.

Having teams play two games in five days is not only cruel and unusual punishment; it's wrong. Yet the NFL this season had the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers play three times in 11 days. Now it's going to 13 in weeks 2-15.

Fans like Thursday-night games because they can't get enough of the NFL. The NFL Network likes it because it's good for ratings. But players and coaches? Ask them how much they enjoy playing twice in five days. It's tough on coaches' game plans, and it's tougher on players' bodies.

That's why scheduling a Thursday-night game for teams coming off byes makes sense.

In fact, it makes so much sense that the Pac-12 already embraces it. The league has four Thursday-night games scheduled for the 2012 season, with the first three involving teams coming off byes. In the fourth, one club (Oregon) is coming off a bye, while the other (Arizona State) played the Thursday before (Oct. 11).

But it had a bye before that. Plus, it's the home team when it plays Oregon.

Oh, one other thing: College clubs play on Saturdays, not Sundays, so there's an additional day of rest involved. Nevertheless, they still think it's a good idea.

And it is. Think about it: You have 10 days before your next game, then nine more before the following contest. It makes so much sense that one former league employee told me the NFL once had a mock schedule drawn up showing how all teams could play Thursday night games coming off of byes.

"The players would go for it," he said, "and the league would go for it."

But the league should go for it, too. I mean, if it is as concerned about the safety and general welfare of its players as it says it is, then it should push an idea that should make players less vulnerable to injury.

I don't know what the incidence of injuries is when a club plays two games in five days, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that it's easier on someone's body to play twice in 19 days than it is two in five.

So do it.















Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:57 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

You're right about those Thursday gmaes, Thanksgiving included.  I like having games on several days of the week.  But scheduling the Bye weeks to avoid ridiculously short weeks just makes sense.  Is that in fact the new rule?  I know many have asked for it, suggested it and even demended it, but I don't think I've seen league policy changes approved just yet.  We need those Thanksgiving day games - all three of them.




Since: Sep 10, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

Do we really need the Thursday night games?  They might be nice for the West Coast fans, but here on the East coast, people still have to go to work on Fridays.  I think kickoffs for the Monday night games should be moved to 7:00 PM too.  These things go too late into the night.  If the Th night games stay, then Yes, it is ridiculous to have the Bye weeks any other time besides preceding the Thursday game.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

This resolution to an on-going problem is one I've been demanding since long before there were regularly scheduled weekly games on Thursdays.  And the reason for that goes back to the Thanksgiving day games.  Having your team in the thick of a playoff hunt and then getting a Turkey day game right after a pressure game the previous Sunday ALWAYS seemed grossly unfair.  So teams like the Cowboys and Lions, I think the 2 constants for Thanksgiving, were getting short-changed.  I am not sure, but maybe those 2 usually are hosts.  But regardless, other teams are effected too.  We've seen lots of the Packers, Bears, Vikings and Dolphins on that day over the years.  And realistically, what would Thanksgiving be like without the NFL?  I'd find it horrible and Un-American!  So unlike the Pac-12, let's limit the Thursday night appearances to a max of 1 per year per team.  And let's precede the game with their Bye Week.  Hopefully this happens immediately.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

the one and only thing goodell  cares about is the money, screw the players  and fans!!!!!  this guy is a big jerk, how this moron get a contract extension?



Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

HawkPower- Your idea is solid and would provide the NFL with some useful data to help determine bonified future team locations. It will also eliminate any team losing a home game when playing outside their home stadium. Could be a money maker for many people, and a boost to the economy. The only problem I see is in the scheduling, but I am pretty sure a program could be developed to do it automatically.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:26 am
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

To the normal fan Thrusday night games are meaningless!! No one talks about them the next day because no one can afford them or stay awake long enough to watch them Just like Monday Night
dude,,,if you cant afford the NFL network...thats a YOU problem.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:26 am
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

Goodell said that the league has done "a great deal" to make the game safer for players. He said the league is "not done yet" and keep trying to make the game less dangerous. The league is expanding its use of sideline TV replays to help doctors.

Really?! Then why not stop plays that are going to be nullified by a penalty immediately. It creates more offence & prevents injury.

If the NFL is really concerned about player safety that should be the first thing done.

An example would be there is to be a holding call on the offense blow it dead immediately so the QB doesn't throw the ball to a WR who is going to be hit & suffer a concussion. That is player safety! If it's going to be called back why let a WR get hurt on a meaningless play?!


Commissioner Roger Goodell's announcement that the NFL will expand from eight to 13 Thursday-night games this season is great for TV and fans, but it's not so great for NFL players and teams ... unless, of course, the league does what is reasonable and necessary.
Easy for you to say Clark you work for sports news they probably pay for your NFL Network subscription.

To the normal fan Thrusday night games are meaningless!! No one talks about them the next day because no one can afford them or stay awake long enough to watch them Just like Monday Night.

The talk Friday morning is always "Anyone have any idea who played last night?" or "any idea who won?"

I have opposed Thursday night games from the start all they are really accomplishing in tha alienation of football from the fans, there is NOTHING good about it.

All it is doing is driving people to college football.

Around where I work the talk about the NFL is decreasing every year & people are focusing more on college & High school football.

I try to talk about NFL & they look at me like I'm speaking French.


Yes it's definately unfair to all teams having such a short week that is another good reason to not have them in the first place!

It creates advantages like playing the NFC West. Look how good it made the AFC Central look this year.

The injury factor is also a good point. Like Pittsburgh with Roethisburger's injury if he had a Thursday night game he likely wouldn't have been able to play but if the game would have been Sunday he would have be able to play.

Plus it's the holidays people are working more & have less time for TV period. Less time to adjust fantasy rosters (had to throw that in also). Less time for everything so if they miss a game they couldn't even get in the first place who is really going to care!




Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:25 am
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

silly silly article. The season is 17 weeks long. Every team plays 16 games in those 17 weeks. The amount of time between games by definition is the same for all teams. If two teams play on 4 days rest it is 100% made up for at another time during the season. Its basic fool proof math ....yet beyond the capabilties apparently of jock sniffing sports writers



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:57 am
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

I agree that the teams playing Thursdays should have their bye week the weekend prior to their Thursday night game.  Having said that, there is one problem with the games taking place weeks 2-15.  Do you give a team a bye week 1 and continue with bye weeks all the way to week 14?  Some teams are gonna get shafted. 

I do also agree that more football on more days is better for the fans and the NFL's value.  But come on, it is already the most watched and profitable sport.  Why mess with what is working?  My biggest complaint to that statement is the NFL playing a game or possibly multiple games and possibly the SUPER BOWL overseas (example London) .  It is such an injustice to the team/teams that losses a valuable home game and to their fans as well.  St. Louis is set to play New England this upcoming season.  A rare chance to see a good team in person for St.Louis and actually sellout.  Goodell's comments on why it is good for St.Louis,  "I think it’s great for the city of St. Louis to be able to get that global exposure".  What a joke!



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:55 am
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

Very good plan, well thought out and articulated.


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