Commissioner Roger Goodell said the decision to schedule a game this season opposite the World Series was simple. People want their football.
“The rationale is that Sunday Night Football has become a staple,” Goodell said on NFL Network Tuesday night. “People want to watch football for the entire season. We didn’t feel like it was appropriate to take it off any more.”
The NFL is not prone to taking half-step measures, so they scheduled a whopper for October 31: The defending champion Saints versus the Steelers, annually among the league’s biggest draws.
“We felt like it was best to continue on with that great franchise (SNF) every night of the season and allow the consumer to be able to choose whether they want to watch Sunday Night Football or the World Series.”
What the consumer decides could mark an embarrassing moment for the men running that other sport.