Author: Steve Rivera @IAmSteveRivera
It wasn’t that long ago that Selection Sunday in college basketball was a truly special afternoon. Then along came ESPN and Joe Lunardi. Bracketology became a nightly fixture on the network and ‘poof’, selection Sunday became a predictable snore. The NFL has managed to do the same with their anticipated schedule release.
The NFL Network, along with those who have televised rights for the league, have already announced games they will broadcast in 2022, so if you were looking for any drama or had any high anticipation for the event, park it. It’s just not happening.
The National Football League does so many things perfectly. From free agency to the draft, the league does it extremely well. except for this.
All the big games have been announced. Fans know who is playing at home, and when they are on the road. Even for the most rabid of fans, tonight has all the excitement of a kid who already knows what they are getting for Christmas.
The question moving forward is how can the league fix this one time great event. More importantly, does the NFL even want to?
Odds are, not likely. The league is every day, for 365 days a year. It’s inescapable, and that’s not a bad thing. In professional sports, MLB Spring Training is not “must see TV”. Neither is the first third of the NBA or NHL schedule. The playoffs are one thing, their regular season, not much.
If the NFL wanted to, they would actually hold their schedule until a night like this. They simply don’t want to. They want to make news every day. Except for the day it should matter.
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