It's been a few days since I've made an appearance on FanIQ, and I apologize I've been sick. But what has made me feel even worse during that time is hearing that the NFL is exploring the idea of adding more Thursday night games.
As you prepare for Seahawks-Cardinals ask yourself, would you really want to, or be able to, commit another three-plus hours to the National Football League tonight?
Don't get me wrong, one of the biggest reasons I love the NFL, unlike Major League Baseball, is its ability to evolve. But it sounds like the NFL is simply over-thinking its success.
The league wants to add a second game to the Thursday Night Football slate. Why the need for a doubleheader?
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the league is disappointed with the poor ratings TNF is yielding. Plus, it has been rumored that the NFL would use this second game to sell to an Internet company such as Google or Netflix.
That makes sense (not sarcasm). Big Internet companies have lots of money to spend, so why shouldn't the NFL cash in?
Well the league's problem (ratings) is its answer. Well at least part of it. Ratings on Thursdays are down for a few reasons.
It's hard for a viewer to commit a second weekday, and a third day of the week to the NFL.
Nevertheless it's not like the product the league is giving Thursday nights is any good.
The match ups are typically bad, and the play is even worse. Players are nowhere near ready to play a game with just three days in between games, and it shows.
It's also a huge injury risk. That right there is the saving grace. The NFLPA would have to approve this deal, and I just don't think players want to play more games on short rest.
Why take away from what makes our Sundays magical. All those games crunched into such a short window, is like binge-watching Breaking Bad. That's the way it's meant to be done.
So please Roger Goodell, avoid taking a page out of a gambling addict's book by going double or nothing on your worst rated night of Football. Good job, good effort. But please leave this one alone.