Ben Roethlisberger rails against Thursday Night Football

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He didn’t quite call it a poop fest, but Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s point was the same. He doesn’t like Thursday Night Football.

It’s miserable,” he said on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “They need to get rid of the game, I think. Just play Mondays and Sundays. It’s so tough on guys. You’re beat up, you’re banged up, it’s a very violent, physical game we play.”

The Steelers host the Titans this Thursday night.

“Both teams are going through it, so I’m not just speaking on ours,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m sure the Titans would say the same thing and everyone who’s played on Thursday night would say the same thing. You’ve got to let your body recover a little bit. Even a week, you’re not still fully recovered Sunday to Sunday. You still are dealing with bumps and bruises and things continue to build up throughout the season. When you go on such a short week, man, it’s not good. I don’t know many players that like it. It’s a tough thing to do. But we’ve got to do what the league says.”

He’s right, because the NFL Players Association already has agreed to do it this way. And as pointed out last week, disappearance of the $450 million per year generated by network broadcasts of Thursday Night Football would cost each team roughly $7 million under the cap.

While that works out to $132,000 per player, it makes more sense to consider the impact in light of proportionate cap burden. Based on a total salary cap of $167 million for 2017 and Roethlisberger’s low (relative to his total deal) cap number of $18.2 million for the current year, he accounts for 10.89 percent of this year’s cap. Which means that, as to Roethlisberger, it would mean a difference of $762,000.

Of course, that will never happen to Roethlisberger, since his numbers are locked in for the next three years — and since teams have resisted paying players based on a percentage of the cap. (As the pie shrinks, that could suddenly change.) Still, that’s a rough idea of the impact of no TNF on the highest-paid players in the game. Which is something the highest-paid players of tomorrow should consider when the highest-paid players of today decide to gripe about something that won’t affect them financially.

56 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger rails against Thursday Night Football

  1. I don’t like it simply because the teams don’t have enough time to rehash what worked/went wrong in their prior game, create a gameplan, and then practice it. The games are sloppier, and that’s before getting to banged up players and guys who sit out but might have been ready for the following Sunday afternoon.

  2. If they can’t get rid of TNF because of the revenue loss, they could at least adjust it by making the teams that play in the game have their bye week the week before. Now they won’t be able to include every team in the mix for TNF but at the very least, they could make it where the teams have at least 10 days off before the game and at the most, 11 days off afterwards. At the minimum, this would alleviate the concerns about the recovery from the previous game. The league’s argument that they should be happy with the recovery time after a Thursday game doesn’t help the preparation and recovery that the players need to play well on Thursday. If the league can’t do this, then they should scrap the whole thing.

  3. NHL players have no problems playing with 3 days or less of rest and that is just as physical of a game.

  4. I doubt Paul Allen really cares about a few million dollars when a quarter of the team drops to injury during the Thursday night game.

    Something tells me if Aaron Rodgers or some other high-profile quarterbacks got hurt in a Thursday Night their attitude would change.

  5. I think they should keep it but have the bye week before TNF. It would extend the season by a week but would mean more televised games.

  6. All the players crying about playing on Thursday night will be crying about the salary cap going down due to loss of revenue if it ends. Can’t have it both ways

  7. Okay, then at least make Thursday a B/C-League night so, teams currently ranked below No.16 are required to participate, while the “elite” teams (Nos. 1-16) can rest up more for Sunday/Monday outings. WE NEED THURSDAY FOOTBALL because there is nothing more interesting to watch on Thursday nights than NFL FOOTBALL. Yeah, baby!

  8. exinsidetrader says:
    November 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    You should only play on Thursday if your team is coming off a Bye-week.
    So obvious even Goodell should realize it.
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    He’s too focused on making the owners billions of dollars. He’s singlehandedly turned the NFL from a ragtag group of football teams into a multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment megacorp.

  9. “GET RID OF THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”….
    So says the fans that watch it.
    So says the players that agreed to it, and take the money from it.

    I told my boss we should get rid of Friday work days, but I want to keep my full salary. He didn’t listen either.

  10. jmethane says:
    November 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    I doubt Paul Allen really cares about a few million dollars when a quarter of the team drops to injury during the Thursday night game.

    Something tells me if Aaron Rodgers or some other high-profile quarterbacks got hurt in a Thursday Night their attitude would change.
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    Ha ha ha. Yes, the owners don’t care about money. Seriously, do you hear yourself? The entire league is run with one concept in mind. Maximize profits. Rich people want one thing. More money.

  11. The problem is that people keep watching TNF. As long as that keeps happening, it won’t go away. It’s not like the players union is going to actually man up and demand that TNF be removed in the next CBA.

    But I agree, it should end. It’s over-saturation and more importantly, it’s not reasonable to ask these guys to go out and start hitting again after only three days rest. Get rid of it or as many have mentioned, at least have teams coming off a bye playing on Thursday night.

    And as a devout hockey fan, the earlier comment from someone arguing that hockey players do the same thing on two days rest is ridiculous. Hockey is a very physical sport, but it has a tiny fraction of the hitting that goes on in an NFL game. Not to mention the players are in the 190-230 lb range vs 200-350 lb in the NFL.

  12. The sooner that people realize that the NFL doesn’t give a hoot about player safety, the better they will be.

  13. I wouldn’t call it a $450,000,000 loss in revenue. Those games would still be played on Sunday. The same fanbases would still watch the game, the same Papa John’s add will come on during replay in split screen and Papa John himself will try to make you think he cares about the equipment guy. There may be a slight revenue decrease, but not 450 million.

  14. I never blamed the NFL for having TNF. It was just more football. That’s awesome. You never know how good or how bad something is until you try it. Right? So now I think we’re finding out that 3 days rest and recovery just doesn’t work with the human body. Maybe they could have a few Thursday night games per year, and schedule them along with the team’s bye weeks. I wouldn’t be surprised if the NFL has already figured this out, and are going to eliminate TNF.

  15. “WE NEED THURSDAY FOOTBALL because there is nothing more interesting to watch on Thursday nights than NFL FOOTBALL. Yeah, baby!”

    I have not watched any NFL games the last 2 years but the Pats and the playoffs/SB. I used to watch every possible game in every slot.

    I have zero problems finding other things to do on Thursdays or Sundays/Mondays for that matter. No one “NEEDS” the horrendous Thursday product. Its just plain awful most of the time or was when I was still wasting my time on those pathetic excuses for games.

  16. Who cares, increase the salary cap. Raise the cap to $250 million or pick a number. And each team has to make the numbers work to be profitable. It’s cute how this “cap” should create parity (to put it another way mediocracy) and the owners tell the fans, they can’t afford the players because of self imposition.

  17. They should have more byes and a longer season. And use some byes for teams heading for a Thursday night game.

    This would likely be good for the players health and might also increase the quality of the games. Also the longer season would likely mean more revenues for the league and players.

  18. charliecharger says:
    November 13, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Maybe they could have a few Thursday night games per year, and schedule them along with the team’s bye weeks. I wouldn’t be surprised if the NFL has already figured this out, and are going to eliminate TNF.
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    It’s been 12 seasons. They aren’t looking to figure anything out, other than how much money they are making.

  19. They should do Thursday night games about once a month. That’ll allow it to feel like a bigger deal and also allow them to only schedule teams with byes the previous week.

  20. Thursday Night Football is the reason NFL interest is shrinking. Oversaturation, period. Supply and demand. Too many viewing windows reduces the attraction of the product.

  21. The players need to look in the mirror and blame themselves for agreeing to Thursday games in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Franchise player and transition player designations are also costly blunders the players agreed to. The players are tough on the field and lambs at the negotiating table.

  22. The league needs to show some consistency on injuries. That’s a gross overestimate of loss of revenue, since Sunday games would still be televised locally. The player’s union needs to get behind their members and take the hard line on this.

  23. I like Thursday night football… but… only teams coming off byes should be playing.

    Those England games should stop.

  24. Everybody knows it’s a terrible game for the players, not to mention the fans. That lost revenue number is highly spurious considering the games would still be played on a different day of the week and would still be televised. The NFL Network is also owned by the NFL so you have a scenario in which the NFL pays the NFL for these games.. I would describe that revenue loss number as ignoring a TON of variables in the “what if” scenario.

    None of this references the craziest part of the article which references “the highest paid players of tomorrow” – Methinks you must be talking about the very near tomorrow and not the distant tomorrow as the NFL has already peaked. The money may go up for the next 10 years as the net results lag the indicators, but the apex is behind us.

  25. I could care less whether they play TNF, but wanna get rid of it? All the teams need to boycott the games. And also while you at it, please change the Super Bowl to Saturday evening instead of Sunday!!

  26. I really enjoy watching football. But Thursday night every week. It’s hurting the sport. Remember when they were forcing the 18 game season on the fans “hey wouldn’t more football be great”? No it wouldn’t be. Look at the rash of injuries to star players. Get rid of TNF and go back to Sundays and Mondays

  27. It can go away. But do the players understand the ramifications?

    Are they willing to take the payhit associated with axing that portion of the TV deal?

    The veteran millionaires would say yes. 2/3 to 3/4 of the League making minimum salary will say hell no!

    .. the best thing for the players AND the League would be for the 2 teams playing to be coming off a bye.

  28. Complaints from different players every week isn’t going to change it. Besides,they agreed to it. The only change that should be made is both teams playing should be coming off of a bye week. I do sympathize with that part of it.

  29. My team had a bye week this past week. I used the opportunity to go outside and do some hiking. It made me realize how bad the NFL product has been recently. I used to watch as much football as I could. Now, it’s much more enjoyable to explore the outdoors instead of watching a subpar product on television or in person.

  30. If they players are still sore from their previous game, you get a sub par performance on Thursday Nights. I know money is the ultimate inspiration for business decisions, but if the NFL cared about their product FIRST, they would eliminate this game.

  31. Ben needs to quit crying and be glad his 33 yard pass to set up a game winning kick wasn’t flagged for an illegal pass because his center was downfield.

  32. ravensfan56 says:
    November 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    My team had a bye week this past week. I used the opportunity to go outside and do some hiking. It made me realize how bad the NFL product has been recently. I used to watch as much football as I could. Now, it’s much more enjoyable to explore the outdoors instead of watching a subpar product on television or in person.
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    I wouldn’t want to watch the Ravens either.

  33. Richard Sherman would agree. The NFL says they care about player safety, but the NFL is full of it. The NFL does whatever it wants to do when it wants to do it. I love NFL football, but the current leaders of the league are going to run it into the ground.

  34. NFL and NFLPA should add an 8-team developmental league that plays on Thursday nights. Would be great training for guys on the bubble and new referees, as well as a chance for coaches to develop their skills. It’d also be nice to be able to demote NFL refs who blow a ton of calls and bring up guys who are doing well.

    NFL could still have some premier Thursday games, such as on Thanksgiving, as well as some opportunities to schedule in a couple of rival teams (if both are coming off a bye) throughout the year, without needing to fill EVERY Thursday with NFL games.

    Would be a win/win, expands the NFLPA membership, develops some new talent, adds competition to referee squads, and allows the league to still broadcast quality games on Thursdays without compromising player safety. Talent-wise, odds are two or three of these potential teams would beat the Browns this year.

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