NFL plans Black Friday game in 2023

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Thanksgiving has long been one of the biggest days on the NFL calendar, but soon the day after Thanksgiving will get in on the action as well.

The NFL is planning to play a Black Friday game in 2023, John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports. It would presumably become part of the regular NFL schedule after that.

Amazon Prime Video will stream the game. Amazon already has the Thursday Night Football package, but that package does not include any of the three Thanksgiving games, which are televised by Fox, CBS and NBC. Amazon is expected to pay something approaching $100 million for the rights to stream that single game on a Friday.

The game will likely be played during the afternoon, as the league can’t televise prime time games on Friday nights in November as part of its antitrust exemption.

41 responses to “NFL plans Black Friday game in 2023

  1. It should be the Raiders vs. Lions…..The two worst franchises in the NFL historically and currently.

  2. I bet that if you go the game, you won’t get black Friday savings. A beers and a dog will still be $20.

  3. Black Friday is one thing… but I hope the NFL doesn’t start thinking that Friday games are a good thing…

    The league is getting too saturated as it is…as much as I love Football, adding games every night of the week isn’t good for the product…

    Plus…

    Friday Nights should always be saved for the High School kids, and Saturdays for College kids

  4. Not a shopper but isn’t Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving? Won’t be the Lions playing the very next day. NFL is jumping the shark. Not a big fan of college football but the day after Thanksgiving has traditionally belonged to them, leave it that way.

  5. Mac Attack says:
    August 10, 2022 at 8:32 am
    That would be cool. Just don’t give us the Lions.

    The Lions have played on Thanksgiving for a thousand years, buddy.

  6. Who would go to the stadium? Black Friday is probably one of the worst days to have to drive anywhere.

  7. Raiders WERE a 10 win team, after all their bonehead moves this off season they will be a 5 win team. Not mention every team in that division has better rosters and made key improvements. Sure hope Devante Adams can block for all the money and critical draft picks you wasted on him! LOL!

  8. Why isn’t there a Halloween game every year? Bengals vs The Browns and everyone in the crowd attends in costume.. The NFL really needs to hire me as an idea man..

  9. Dunno why this hasn’t been done for ages. My family is out shopping and I get to watch football. Sounds like heaven….so of course half the internet will immediately hate it.

  10. People mentioning the Lions…Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. The Lions since 1934 have always played on Thanksgiving.

  11. Wolfgang says:
    August 10, 2022 at 9:48 am
    Mac Attack says:
    August 10, 2022 at 8:32 am
    That would be cool. Just don’t give us the Lions.

    The Lions have played on Thanksgiving for a thousand years, buddy.

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    Maybe the NFL should revisit that…

  12. The Lions can easily move to the garbage time Friday slot since no one pays attention to them on Thanksgiving anyways!

  13. I don’t like the NFL competing with college, it sends the wrong message to your feeder league.

    Also, the risk you run with all these “one game per day” events is if the game stinks or the matchup stinks (likely). Similar to Thursday night “JAGS VERSUS TEXANS!!!!!” games

  14. Mac Attack says:
    August 10, 2022 at 10:11 am
    Wolfgang says:
    August 10, 2022 at 9:48 am
    Mac Attack says:
    August 10, 2022 at 8:32 am
    That would be cool. Just don’t give us the Lions.

    The Lions have played on Thanksgiving for a thousand years, buddy.

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    Maybe the NFL should revisit that

    Tradition – the Lions and later the Cowboys stepped up and agreed to play those games annually when no other team wanted them. They both should get to keep them until they don’t want them anymore.

  15. cakesw says:
    Friday Nights should always be saved for the High School kids, and Saturdays for College kids

    Did you not read the part that said that the games can’t be on Friday night due to the antitrust exemption? They won’t televise the games in the afternoon when people are at work and school.

    Why can’t NFL games go up against college/high school games? Do we football fans have to watch every NFL game televised in our market every week?

  16. Imagine thanksgiving teams with teams that are perennial playoff teams, and not the lions or cowboys…. Chiefs, Titans, Bills, Colts from the AFC, Rams, Bucs, Packers.. Those teams would all provide better ratings. And allow me to completely tune out my in-laws…

  17. Isn’t there a ton of college games that day as well? As in rivalry weekend or conference championships? I believe there are at least a number of lesser conference games that day. Why jerk around with that?

  18. So, now the NFL wants to be indirect competition with college and high school football! Slippery slope to start treading!

  19. How many high school teams are still playing at Thanksgiving?

    Personally, I’d enjoy more NFL games on Saturdays and Fridays late in the season. Up until Thanksgiving, I agree with staying off those days, but after that I think it’s very fair for them to play and don’t see where they harm the other levels.

  20. Not a lot of big college football games that day (12 BCS games). The most notable is Florida and Florida State and that is a night game so it won’t conflict with the NFL. There are a few other rivalry games (Arizona/Arizona State, Oregon/Oregon St., UCLA/California), but the fans of those schools will most likely gladly miss out on watching a single NFL game to watch their teams play.

  21. Another stupid Roger Goodell decision. The day after thanksgiving should be for high school and college. The never ending greed of the nfl will be its undoing.

  22. Just eliminate the 12:30 ET game and put that game on Friday. Win-win for everyone

  23. Funny how the Raiders beat the Broncos twice and SanDiego 2 out of 3 yet they are still rated below them.

  24. Sorry “SpringField”
    But the Bills, and Colts have NOT been “perennial” playoff teams exactly.
    The Colts have disappointed since Luck Retired. They have been in the playoffs only 3 times since 2014.

    The Bills until recently went 17 years!! without a playoff appearance.

    Get your facts straight dude.

  25. That would be a horrible idea. Not too many people will skip Black Friday shopping or college games for an NFL game.

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