Thursday Night Football debuted 11 years in the past, with a partial schedule of video games aimed toward boosting NFL Network by giving it unique recreation content material. Since 2014, the NFL has performed Thursday video games for a lot of the season, fueled by a contract with the CBS at first and, since 2016, CBS and NBC.
But short-week soccer is hardly a brand new phenomenon. From the inception of the league (and excluding 1941 by means of 1944), the NFL has performed soccer on the fourth Thursday in November. Despite common complaints about Thursday Night Football, nobody ever complained about Thanksgiving soccer.
Since 1966, the Cowboys have hosted a Thanksgiving recreation. Owner Jerry Jones commented on the phenomenon of short-week soccer throughout a Tuesday look on 105.three The Fan in Dallas.
“Well, we’ve been playing on Thursdays with short weeks and long weeks for ever since I’ve been involved in the NFL,” Jones stated. “Nothing, not one shred of statistics show it to be a disadvantage, show it to be inordinately challenging physically for the players. We’re the poster child of playing on Thursday [and] as a result what it does to the demand for players being rested or being healthy.”
During a Tuesday media briefing, NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills defined that, over the previous 5 years, the damage price for Thursday soccer is definitely decrease than the damage price for video games performed on different days of the week. That’s not a brand new declare from the NFL. This one was: Dr. Sills stated that, of all intervals between video games, the interval of 4 days has resulted within the lowest variety of accidents.
There’s no purpose to doubt the accuracy of that info, but it surely nonetheless misses the purpose made by many gamers. Regardless of whether or not new accidents are incurred on a given Thursday, it’s tougher to recuperate from the overall put on and tear of enjoying soccer with solely 4 days between video games as a substitute of seven.
That’s the one level that continues to be glossed over by the NFL — and by some within the media who blindly defend Thursday Night Football (probably within the hopes of getting a job with NFL Media). Unless each participant who has complained concerning the restoration time is mendacity, it’s a legit concern.
Maybe the joy of enjoying on Thanksgiving made gamers much less prepared to gripe earlier than Thursday Night Football turned a factor. Maybe the league’s concussion-induced sensitivity to participant well being and security over the previous eight years has induced gamers to comprehend that enjoying on solely 4 days’ relaxation isn’t conducive to participant well being and security. Regardless, some gamers will proceed to have considerations about Thursday soccer, regardless of how laborious the league or some within the media attempt to dispute them.