CBS Deal Won’t Hurt Bucs’ Night-Game ChancesFebruary 6th, 2014
Before the NFL signed away Thursday Night Football rights to CBS this week, the league previously had committed to having every NFL team play at least one night game during the regular season.
If a team wasn’t chosen by a TV network for Sunday Night Football or Monday Night Football, then NFL Network promised to overhype the likes of Jacksonville, Cleveland and more on a Thursday.
It wasn’t clear initially whether that inclusive policy would survive with CBS taking over Thursday Night Football, but today the Washington Post confirmed it will.
This is great news for Bucs fans. Most fans, including Joe, love night games. And when you’re coming off a crappy season like the Bucs are, and you have a no-name quarterback, it’s tough to get chosen for prime time. Networks like stars and winners.
The NFL schedule (dates and times) is released in April, prior to the NFL Draft. Hopefully, the Bucs will get a night home game, but Joe’s not banking on it. They didn’t in 2012, the opening campaign of the New Schiano Order.
Lovie Smith returning to Chicago to face the Bears this season might hold some intrigue for the networks. And Adrian Peterson and the Vikings coming to Tampa is always a decent bet. A guy like Peterson, who carries so much fantasy football interest, always has the eye of ratings-hungry network executives.
Of course, if the Bucs add Michael Vick in free agency next month, then count on two night games for the men in pewter and red.