By David Goldman
New York City (CNNMoney)– The NFL has actually canceled the last Sunday night football video game of the season. Do not fret, nobody was going to view anyway.
Next Sunday’s video game had 2 disadvantages: The video games all had a likelihood of being dull by the time Sunday night rolled around. And this coming Sunday is New Year’s Eve, a day when traditionally few Americans watch tv.
The last time the NFL held a Sunday night football game on New Year’s Eve was in 2007, when the Chicago Bears hosted the Green Bay Packers. It was quarterback Brett Favre’s last video game with the Packers (and widely anticipated to be his last game ever). Still, only 13.4 million individuals watched that video game, about a quarter less than the average Sunday Night Football video game that season.
Because the last Sunday night football video game also happens to be the last video game of the season, the NFL attempts to schedule a video game that will definitely have playoff ramifications for one or both of the teams playing. (A group that already made the playoffs may sit their starters, leading to a remarkably boring video game.)
This season, there were no such video games that satisfied the NFL’s criteria on the final week’s schedule. The NFL would have either set up a video game that had a chance of being a snooze or a video game that already had no playoff implications at all.
Instead, there will be 7 games set up for 1 p.m. and an abnormally high 9 video games arranged for 4:25 p.m. kickoffs. There won’t be an 8:30 p.m. video game this year.
“We felt that both from a competitive perspective and from a fan viewpoint, the most reasonable thing to do is to arrange all Week 17 video games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. windows,” stated Howard Katz, the NFL’s broadcasting chief, in a ready statement.
All of Sunday’s games will be relayed on CBS or Fox. NBC will not have a video game this coming week, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy decreased to comment about whether the network would be compensated for the lost broadcast. Unlike other weeks of the season, the NFL has the sole discretion about the scheduling of the last Sunday night game of the year.
2017 has been a tough year for the NFL. The scores for this NFL’s season are down 9% from last year.
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