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Old 12-01-2016, 11:23 AM
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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Originally Posted by bluescreen73 View Post
The NFL's sagging ratings are two-fold.
  1. Oversaturation. There's no need for three separate nights of prime-time football. SNF and MNF are fine. Thursday Night Football is overkill (and the matchups usually suck). Also, drop one of the Thanksgiving Day games. Dallas and Detroit should be the only teams playing on Turkey Day..
THIS, THIS and more THIS!

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Old 12-01-2016, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Cruzincat View Post
The teams that meet on TNF both have only three days rest. However the teams they both face in their next game have three days less rest than they do. Is that fair to the team with only seven days rest?
That's one thing that makes it interesting. When teams play divisional games on TNF, they need less prep time since they're already very familiar with the opponent. This gives them somewhat of a mini-bye for the next opponent. Is it fair? Maybe, maybe not. Is it fair for the Eagles to get their bye in week 4 and for other teams to get it around week 8-10? Probably not.
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Old 12-01-2016, 09:15 PM
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Only games (in my opinion) that should be on Thursday:

1) The Super Bowl champion opening that Thursday night in week 1
2) Detroit vs. Green Bay, Minnesota or Chicago on Thanksgiving at 12:30
3) Dallas vs. Washington, Philadelphia, Giants on Thanksgiving at 4 PM

Every other Thursday night game can get outta here!
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Old 12-03-2016, 09:54 AM
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Once a month, Mark Murphy does a column where he picks emails from fans answering their questions. He is on the competition committee for the NFL. Some of it is interesting, about keeping the Thurs. game contracts short so they can evaluate them.

With regard to the Thursday night games, I think the league will continue to evaluate these games. In putting together the schedule, the league office has numerous policies and procedures (bye week after playing in London, limits on consecutive road games) as well as requests from teams, I’m not sure it is feasible to give every team a bye before playing a Thursday night game. The Thursday night package has changed quite a bit over the years. Initially it was the end of the season, and on the NFL Network. Now it is a year-long package, with games on NFLN, CBS and NBC. The league office has treated the Thursday night package differently than the other network packages.

The league has kept contracts for the Thursday night games short in order to be able to use the Thursday night games as tests or experiments for things like having the games streamed live on Twitter. With the ratings for NFL games down this season, the league is studying all of our TV packages to see what can be done to increase viewership. With the Thursday night games, for competitive equity reasons, the league now has a policy that each team has to play at least one short-week, Thursday night game. Is this policy resulting in poor matchups on Thursday night? There are only so many good games each week.
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