The Mid-American Conference, the nation’s best college sporting conference since it contains Bowling Green State University, shattered hopes for a normal fall college football schedule as the first to officially postpone its season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 quickly followed suit, hoping to play a season in the spring. While some conferences, such as the Big 12, attend to move forward with a regular fall season, college football Saturdays won’t be what we’re used to.
This has a massive domino effect on professional football. The draft is a labyrinth of interconnected events, including the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine, university pro days, and many others, and all will need to find a new timetable if the NCAA doesn’t play until the spring, or, possibly, not at all.
But the NFL leaders are master schemers like the best Sith Lords and may find one way to profit off of this situation. If college football Saturdays are largely vacant, perhaps the NFL could generously take those time slots.
According to an NBC Sports report, the NFL is looking to do just that.
The NFL is already the most profitable sports organization, with games on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday and coverage daily. Adding a prime weekend day like Saturday is a no-brainer from a financial point of view.
How this would work is unclear. Streaming and distribution rights are already an arcane process understood by few. Would the games fill existing time slots, would every network in the council for NFL games need to work out their own deals, etc. The NFL is likely working on this as we virtually speak.
Ideally, the NFL could use Saturday slots to move Thursday games. Thursday Night Football is already, for like of a better phrase, the big dumb, as it forces teams to travel without time for proper practice or recovery time. In a pandemic, those issues get even worse. Moving the games to Saturday would allow more time for COVID testing and precautions. But the NFL likes money, so this will probably won’t happen.
The Green Bay Packers Thursday night game takes place in the frightening land of California against the San Francisco 49ers. If the game could be moved to Saturday, it would be a boon.
Regardless, Saturday Night Football is quite likely to exist in some form, at least for 2020. Cheering for the Packers on a Saturday night doesn’t sound too bad. Who would you want to see sing the theme song?Matt Hendershott is a Packers fan and Miller High Life enthusiast from Northwest Ohio. He has a Master of Arts in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. You can follow him on Twitter @MattHendershott.