The NFL is planning something big on Christmas and the NBA is sure to not like it at all.
The NFL will have three games on Dec. 25, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). There will be two-afternoon games, which will be broadcast on CBS and Fox, and a prime-time game on NBC.
“Christmas, when it falls on an NFL game day, we’ve had a lot of success there, all due respect to our friends at the NBA. It is something that our friends are interested in,” NFL vice president of broadcasting Mike North said during an appearance on Sal Capaccio’s podcast. “If Christmas falls on a Sunday, it makes perfect sense.”
In 2024, Christmas will be on a Wednesday, and North noted that it’s unlikely the NFL schedules a midweek contest.
“I’m not sure we’re gonna play on Wednesday,” North said, according to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio. “But when we can play on Christmas, we will.”
For the past three seasons, the NFL has played on Christmas. Last year, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Cleveland Browns, the game averaged 28.6 million viewers on Fox. The Colts and Cardinals averaged 12.6 million on NFL Network.
The NFL’s decision to play games on Christmas helps it rival the NBA, which has played on Dec. 25 since 1947.
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