Not long ago, ESPN’s NFL Matchup show faced near-certain extinction. As first reported by Michael Hiestand of USA Today, it’s coming back.
But neither the initial report nor the official announcement specified the number of years that it would still be around.
Per an industry source, NFL Matchup received a four-year commitment.
So kudos to the folks at the league office, NFL Films, and ESPN for saving one of the best football shows around. Some think that we had a role in keeping the show around. We disagree strongly; if we had any actual pull, the show would be shifted during football season to the time slot occupied by The Sports Reporters.
On that note, does anyone really care in the Internet age what a quartet of general-interest sportswriters thinks about niche issues that are far better understood and explained by the folks who focus on the specific sports from which each topic arises?
Hey, if we can save a show, maybe we can get one killed, too.