NFL owners voted on a decision for the controversial Thursday Night Football flex scheduling on Monday following reports that a conclusion would be reached this week.
The league has finally gotten what it’s wanted for several months, though not exactly the way Roger Goodell envisioned. A total of 24 votes were needed for the approval of the above and got exactly that, with eight owners in strong opposition.
The Giants, Jets, Packers, Bears, Raiders, Detroit, Bengals, and Steelers voted against the change but ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the flexible scheduling of TNF games has been approved.
The approval comes with a caveat, however.
Amazon Prime owns the rights to broadcast TNF via their streaming platform and will only get two flexible games, between Weeks 13-17. The adjustments also need to be made 28 days prior to the game, while no team will be made to play two Thursday games away from home in a single season.
Monday night flexing will become a thing in 2023, with the league having made late-season Sunday night games subject to flexible scheduling in 2006.
Owners had voted back in March to permit teams to play on two short weeks during the season, which means teams can play two Thursday night games on short rest as of next term.
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