The NFL has added Thursday night and Saturday games late in the season for the last several years, but if the NFL regular season schedule is expanded by two games to 18, there’s speculation that Thursday and Saturday games might be the norm instead of the late season exception.
That according to the NY Post’s Michael Starr, who says with 32 more games added to the regular season slate, and it unlikely the league would start their season prior to Labor Day despite that added games, Thursday and Saturday could be regular dates for games.
For one I’m not buying it. Saturdays yes, Thursdays? No way. The league will get a lot of push back from the NFLPA if Thursday night games are suggested as a regular weekly part of the schedule.
Players and coaches already do not like the quick turnaround from a Sunday to a Thursday game, like the Bills and Jets are experiencing this week. There’s not enough time for the bodies to physically recover from the previous game, coaches have to cram in extra man hours to get the proper preparation time in. Plus attendance could be compromised for Thursday night games in some cities if they’re done with any kind of regularity. I don’t see regular Thursday night games throughout the season becoming a reality.
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