If college football season doesn’t happen, NFL likely will play on Saturdays

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Bad news: There may be no college football on Saturdays this year.

Good news: There may be NFL football on Saturdays this year.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL likely will move games from Sundays to Saturday, if college football doesn’t proceed this season. It’s unclear whether the games would be broadcast, streamed, or distributed on a pay-per-view basis, but the league likely would backfill the vacant Saturday windows with NFL content.

The easiest approach would be to treat each Saturday like the late-season tripleheader the league staged in 2019, with a game at 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. ET. That would trim the Sunday slate by three games each week.

There’s another wrinkle that would have to be addressed, quickly. The league would need a one-year dispensation from the broadcast antitrust exemption, which allows the NFL to sell TV rights in a league-wide bundle but prevents the NFL from televising games on Friday or Saturday from Labor Day through early December.

Regardless, with college football teetering on the brink and the NFL confident that its games will be played, 2020 could result in four days of pro football every week: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

33 responses to “If college football season doesn’t happen, NFL likely will play on Saturdays

  1. So only college football will be canceled but not the NFL?
    Covid-19…”hold my beer”

  2. The NFL is not doing this for the fans. The more nationally broadcast games the more advertising revenue for the league and owners.

  3. imafalcondawg says:

    August 8, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    So only college football will be canceled but not the NFL?
    Covid-19…”hold my beer”
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    Do you really not understand the fundamental difference between college football and the nfl?

  4. boogermcf says:

    August 8, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    If College opts out – you have to wonder how that would affect the 2021 NFL draft
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    It wouldnt. Nfl draft is going to go on whether theres a season, a delayed season or no season and players will declare for the draft as most only are in college to get to nfl. The only thing it will affect is scouts and gm will have less game film on players.

  5. You are claiming that this will happen every Saturday during the season? And could be pay-per-view?

    Umm no. Your source which is you is wrong here.

  6. Sunday Swami says:
    August 8, 2020 at 5:43 pm
    imafalcondawg says:

    August 8, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    So only college football will be canceled but not the NFL?
    Covid-19…”hold my beer”
    ——
    Do you really not understand the fundamental difference between college football and the nfl?
    Yeah, the difference is they’re both contact sports…oh wait, that’s no difference at all…the better question is do you know how the virus is spread?

  7. US deaths from Covid-19, 15-24, so far 125 deaths which is the percentage, 0.013%. Or in other words, if you are between the age of 15-24, you’ve got a 98% chance of getting through it and I’m rounding. I don’t know, but what good has canceling done for anyone. I’ve got a 95% chance of getting through it, I’ll take that any day. Wear your mask, wash your hands, but stop the canceling everything.

  8. MJ had the flu game. Let these ultimate gladiators put everything on the line while any cowards have the option to sit out. Solved

  9. texas47 says:
    August 8, 2020 at 7:01 pm
    US deaths from Covid-19, 15-24, so far 125 deaths which is the percentage, 0.013%. Or in other words, if you are between the age of 15-24, you’ve got a 98% chance of getting through it and I’m rounding. I don’t know, but what good has canceling done for anyone. I’ve got a 95% chance of getting through it, I’ll take that any day. Wear your mask, wash your hands, but stop the canceling everything.
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    This is right from the cdc website,

    deaths age 19-44 Feb.1 to Aug.1 2020 = 4012

  10. The NFL is not doing this for the fans. The more nationally broadcast games the more advertising revenue for the league and owners.
    ——————–
    You do realize…

    1) The NFL does not collect directly from advertisers on it’s broadcast.
    2)The ability of Providers to offer you free content is by collecting from advertisers.
    3)Literally every business does it for the money.
    4) Whatever business you work for does it for the money.
    5) YOU work for the money.

  11. If this does happen, it would benefit the NFL to go with broadcast networks instead of cable networks. Many people financially impacted by shutdowns and job losses drop cable subscriptions and buy an antenna…so there is the advertising revenue, along with the good will for the fans and thus retaining them.

  12. Yeah, the difference is they’re both contact sports…oh wait, that’s no difference at all…the better question is do you know how the virus is spread?

    ———————-
    Question is, do you?

    You need to have the virus to spread the virus. This is why you test players before they engage in activity that can spread the virus…and now they have a test that gives an immediate result.

    There is nothing to indicate that the virus can be spread before testing positive…meaning you can’t not test positive while having the virus or being able to spread it. Unless the actual test is faulty.

    Therefore. If a player is tested positive on Friday before the trip, then he does not get in the game to spread the virus.

    So Players generally won’t be getting or spreading the viruss at work. What happens at home was going to happen anyway, so if all else is as they have planned, the actual exercise of playing the game is within a bubble.

  13. If they end up playing on Saturdays, it would make sense to shift the Thursday games to Sat. night. The shortened week created by the Thursday contests presents enough problems in normal times, but it just seems to me the short turnaround creates more opportunity for something (like Covid-19) to slip through the cracks.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 8, 2020 at 8:39 pm
    Just delay the season until vaccine

    You first.

  15. I can understand colleges opting out this year…

    Unlike the NFL, these players will have to return to class and possibly cause an outbreak on campus. Where will kids quarantine when they catch the virus? Good luck keeping a 21 year old with no symptoms detained at their apartment/dorm. Parents will be outraged.

  16. imafalcondawg says:

    August 8, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Sunday Swami says:
    August 8, 2020 at 5:43 pm
    imafalcondawg says:

    August 8, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    So only college football will be canceled but not the NFL?
    Covid-19…”hold my beer”
    ——
    Do you really not understand the fundamental difference between college football and the nfl?
    Yeah, the difference is they’re both contact sports…oh wait, that’s no difference at all…the better question is do you know how the virus is spread?
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    Wow so you really dont know, I’ll use small words. In college players arent paid, in the nfl the players are paid which makes it a job. 1 is a game the other is a job. Get it? It has nothing to do with how the virus is spread, the virus spreads the same in both, it has to do with risking the spread of a virus for a game vs risking the spread of the virus for a job.

  17. texas47 says:
    August 8, 2020 at 7:01 pm
    US deaths from Covid-19, 15-24, so far 125 deaths which is the percentage, 0.013%. Or in other words, if you are between the age of 15-24, you’ve got a 98% chance of getting through it and I’m rounding. I don’t know, but what good has canceling done for anyone. I’ve got a 95% chance of getting through it, I’ll take that any day. Wear your mask, wash your hands, but stop the canceling everything.
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    15-24 demographic doesn’t buy tickets. Go to bed kid it’s past your bedtime.

  18. Definitely not good news. Everyone that works on saturdays won’t be able to watch the games. Just like Monday and Thursday games. I always hope my team is terrible so they only play on Sunday’s and I actually get to watch the games.

  19. I think it would be awesome if the NFL took this opportunity to hijack Saturday’s from now on and keep that day of the weekend, keep a Sunday night game

  20. Earlier today I shared this information with my family. We were all overjoyed. Nothing to do with the pandemic, nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with the NCAA. As a family,we just appreciate professional football, football at its finest.

  21. Could play four days. Could play zero. I hope they can play football, but there seem to be bigger fish to fry in America these days. Nobody is playing football if this virus continues, and it’s not slowing down as we speak. Do you believe in miracles? We might need one.

  22. The NFL is not doing this for the fans. The more nationally broadcast games the more advertising revenue for the league and owners.

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    Except they are not broadcasting more games. Just playing them at different times. Same number of games. Same advertising revenue.

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