During the Super Bowl chaos in Indianapolis, an interesting nugget has turned up, courtesy of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL will be expanding their primetime coverage to include Thursday night games on the NFL Network from weeks two through fifteen, and the expansion will include a guarantee that every team in the league will appear in a primetime game, be it on Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night, at least once. Thursday Night Football specials on Saturday nights will also be a thing of the past.
I assume that with the expansion, most of the league's bad teams will be contained on Thursday nights, so as not to dilute the pool of night games on NBC and ESPN. Now, I wonder what the league's strategy will be here, whether they'll use one of a good team's alloted primetime slots against a bad team, or just put two bad teams against one another to get them both out of the way at once.
Given the fan reaction last fall to the NFL Network's Thursday duo of Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock, getting more of them can only be a good thing. In our Pyrotechnics awards, Mayock finished third overall for best analyst for his work on the NFL Network, as well as on Notre Dame football. As long as Mayock and Nessler stick together in the NFL Network booth, we should be good to go.
I'm not a Rick Reilly fan by any means, but is it really fair to claim it's "one of the worst contracts in the history of sports media" when you don't present any numbers regarding how much web traffic his pieces bring in & how much ad revenue he's responsible for? His pieces may be lazy & terrible, and should probably have never gotten the contract he did, but can't see how you can accurately make that claim without knowing the financials he responsible for bringing in.