The entire world feels like it already belongs to Amazon, and now they are trying to take a very special day of the week and put football on it.
According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, Amazon is pushing the NFL to schedule a game on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year.
“Amazon has made a huge bid for the game,” Peter King reported, via Pro Football Talk. “I’m told it’s between $70 million and $100 million for a Black Friday game, which would be added to the current package. (That’s in the same neighborhood of what network partners have paid for wild-card playoff games recently.) Seems like a win-win.”
Amazon has become part of the NFL family in a big way, as they’ll be the sole broadcaster of Thursday Night Football games starting in the 2022 season.
In past years, playing football on Black Friday would not be a good idea, but technology has changed the game and more people are doing their shopping online instead of dealing with long lines and possible violence.
They can avoid the crowds and the risk of COVID and get everything done from the comfort of their couch. Why not watch football?
King reported that not everyone within the NFL is thrilled about a Black Friday game, enough so that they might be willing to “turn down a $2-million-plus-per-team found-money windfall.” Despite that, King also reported that the game is likely to happen — if not in 2022, then in 2023.