Sunday college football wouldn’t result in Saturday NFL games

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Amid talk that college football will fill the looming void on Sunday afternoons, Sunday nights, and Monday nights, we recently noticed some chatter on Twitter (I can’t recall from whom) that the NFL could retaliate in the future by playing games on Saturdays.

To the extent that it’s a fairly obvious reaction to the notion of college football encroaching on the NFL’s turf, we decided it was worth a quick post.  Especially since no one is riding a bull tonight.

The NFL’s antitrust exemption for broadcast purposes hinges on pro football games not being televised on Friday nights, Saturdays, or Saturday nights from early September through early December.  It was part of the quid pro quo for the NFL’s ability to jointly market TV rights, forcing networks to buy the ability to televise the bad teams’ games along with the good teams’ games.

So the NFL can’t respond in kind.  Of course, that doesn’t stop the NFL from retaliating against any network that televises college football games when NFL games would have been played.  If Playmakers provided the league office under Paul Tagliabue with an incentive to not-so-subtly threaten ESPN’s role as a broadcast partner, it wouldn’t be out of the question for the league to hold a grudge if alternative programming during the lockout includes alternative football.

10 responses to “Sunday college football wouldn’t result in Saturday NFL games

  1. Alternative football? Screw it. I’m looking forward to roller derby. Bring on the tatted chicks.

  2. This is so much better then mini-camp updates and 1st round picks holding out for 60 million bonus’s.

  3. This would be the best thing to come out of the owner’s lockout. Screw college football. I hope they play on Sundays and the NFL puts them in their rightful spot.

  4. I’m not sure why the league would care if college games were shown on Sunday night during the lockout. Obviously the goal of the owners in all this is to pressure the players into accepting a better deal than the owners have now. But surely a secondary objective is not pissing off the fans too much in the process. If people still get to watch football on a Sunday night (albeit college football), surely that leads to less pissed off fans, which in turn leads to less venom directed at the league re: the labour dispute.

  5. It would probably be good for the NFL if college football kept the seat warm for them. The NFL will otherwise lose the casual fan who finds something else to do or watch on a Sunday.

  6. Of course, if the Supreme Court invalidates the NFL’s Antitrust exemption, there will be Saturday night NFL football. The US government cannot have it both ways.

  7. If the NFL isn’t playing games, why would they even care? It’s not unfair competition if your not competing. If the colleges are still playing on Sundays AFTER the NFL resumes, then you’d have a point.

  8. Nice attempt to suck up to the owners, but I personally want nothing more now than to see the NFL boycotted and the owners crying like little girls. If Sunday and Monday night college games helps with some extreme owners’ panty-twisting, I am 100% for it, and anything else that will accomplish destruction of the owners’ wallets.

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