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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Articles tagged: Thursday Night Football

Todd Gurley: Thursday Night Football games are ‘dumbest thing ever’

Todd Gurley

The Los Angeles Rams are 3-1 after losing Sunday at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 55-40, and they face a short week as they travel to Seattle on Thursday. One person who definitely is not happy about the trip is Todd Gurley.

The Rams running back said after Sunday’s loss that he wasn’t looking forward to the game because Thursday night games “are the dumbest thing ever.”

Thursday night games historically put road teams at a disadvantage. They have very little time to prepare for their opponent and lose even more of that time due to travel, unlike the home team, which doesn’t have to deal with that inconvenience. Additionally, players only have three days of recovery before playing again, which isn’t nearly enough time for their bodies to get better, often resulting in a lower quality of play and some injuries.

Gurley is far from alone on the opinion; several players have criticized the game for the aforementioned reasons.

NFL announces ‘Thursday Night Football’ is moving to FOX

There has been a lot of talk this season about potentially doing away with “Thursday Night Football” for safety reasons, but we all knew the NFL wasn’t going to turn down the chance to make hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

On Wednesday, the NFL announced it has reached an agreement with FOX Sports to broadcast the next five seasons of “Thursday Night Football.” John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that the deal should pay the NFL somewhere in the neighborhood of $550 million per season through 2022.

FOX will carry 11 games between Weeks 4-15, with the games being simulcast on NFL Network. The press release stated that NFL Network will “exclusively televise seven games next season.” Also of note is that FOX’s top NFL broadcasting team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will not be calling the games, which is a change from the NFL previously requiring CBS and NBC to use their top duos for the broadcasts.

NBC and CBS, the networks that previously carried “Thursday Night Football,” reportedly submitted bids for the new contract that were worth less than their current deals with the NFL. ESPN had considered placing a bid that would see games televised on ABC, but Ourand reports that the World Wide Leader backed out at the last second.

Numerous players ripped the NFL this season for continuing to hold games on Thursday nights, with some of the league’s star players blaming the timing of the games for serious injuries. Money talks, as they say.

FOX reportedly set to win bidding for ‘Thursday Night Football’

“Thursday Night Football” will have a new home next season.

Multiple reports said on Tuesday night that FOX is expected to win the bidding for Thursday Night Football.

Bloomberg said that FOX’s bid is for more money than CBS and NBC had paid for the product the past two seasons. The previous deal, which ran in 2016 and 2017, was for $900 million over the two seasons.

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reports that the deal announcement could come as early as Wednesday.

Thursday Night Football games are also televised on NFL Network. ABC was said to be another network involved in the bidding for the games, which cost on average $45 million per Thursday night game. That is why the league continues to play the games despite the serious complaints from players.