Bucs Will Play In Primetime In 2012

February 3rd, 2012

The way the Bucs played last season, replete with a grotesque 10-game losing streak to close the season resulting in Team Glazer jettisoning coach Raheem Morris and his staff, no one in their right mind expected to see the Bucs playing in primetime this season.

But NFL warden commissioner Roger Goodell had something up his sleeve. In negotiating new television pacts, Goodell had written into the contract with NFL Network, which will broadcast a 15-game Thursday night schedule, that every NFL team will play at least one game on Thursday night in 2012, writes Judy Batista of the New York Times.

“Adding these games to the NFL Network schedule will give more players, teams, and cities the prime-time stage,” Goodell said at his annual state of the league news conference Friday. “Our fans can now get an early start on the NFL weekend in the season’s first 15 weeks.”

Well, Joe’s a football freak and when BSPN had it’s Thursday night college football games, most of them very good, Joe was glued to the tube, adult beverage in hand.

Not it’s even better.

Joe remembers the Great GOB, the late Chris Thomas used to scoff that if anyone watched more than 12 hours of football in a weekend, they needed to check themselves in to a facility.

Just 12 hours? That’s just getting warmed up for Joe. Combining Thursday football, a high school football game on Friday night, the smorgasbord of college football on Saturdays, NFL on Sunday and Monday, there have been weekends when Joe has consumed 30 hours of football in a weekend.

And untold numbers of beers along the way.

The 2012 regular season schedule will be released in April right around the NFL draft. It’s hard to believe that April is just two months away. Wow, time is flying in 2012!

17 Responses to “Bucs Will Play In Primetime In 2012”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    Sweet. Hope it’s a good game.

  2. RCH Says:

    I was excited to when he announced it they should’ve started the extended Thursday night games a while ago. I’m sure we will only be getting our one prime time game thou since it seems like all the prime time games are based on what you did the year before.

  3. raphael Says:

    brighthouse don’t have nfl network.oh well maybe the illegal feeds will be legal by then….

  4. T in Orlando Says:

    Ummm, I know you’re just reporting, but a 15 game schedule cannot support more than 30 teams. Granted with 15 Thursday night games should mean every NFL team gets at least one Prime Time game, as there should be 45 – 50 prime time games in a season, but with only 15 games, the math doesn’t add up that every team will have a Thursday night game.

  5. jLM Says:

    This is including Monday and Thurday.

  6. MTM Says:

    Hopefully they can break the Nationally Televised Curse of getting their ass handed to them. It has been painful to watch for the last couple of years.

  7. K2theSoldier Says:

    BETCHA it’s the Tebow game.

  8. canadianbuc Says:

    Thats great……But i really hope we get one sunday night game. If we do it will probably be vs the eagles they get about 5 sunday night games a year.

  9. Joe Says:

    T in Orlando:

    You are forgetting to include the season opener on a Thursday night and the Thanksgiving night game, both on NBC.

  10. Greg Says:

    Maybe the commish can have a conversation with Bright House and make it possible for the rest of us to watch those Thusday Night Games.
    I dont think they really care though

  11. Fear The Glow Says:

    Now watch ESPN and NBC will just “happen” to get all NFC East and big market teams for all of their MNF and SNF games.

  12. Patrick Says:

    If we get some big name free agents, I think that’ll play a role in whether we get more games.

    And when we get the primetime games, we better not blow it!!

  13. Patrick Says:

    Also….it pisses me off cause I see teams with constant losing season records that still get a few primetime games every year. Yet….if the Bucs have one, they NONE. I was outraged when we didn’t get one in 2009 after we went 9-7 in 2008.

  14. Capt.Tim 2.2 Says:

    Any more displays like last year, and the City of Tampa’s image will be irrevocably tarnished! We can keep looking that inept on national TV, or it’s gonna kill the tourist industry!!

    Course, we should be safe- rumor has it we have Frank Cignetti now!

  15. Patrick Says:

    If they hire that loser and it means that Butch Davis doesn’t come here, say hello to 4-12 again.

    If i were them, I’d interview Herm Edwards for DC! I still want to see the Tampa 2!

  16. sandbagrudy Says:

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  17. Mcnabb to Barber for 6 Says:

    Hope it’s a road game so we get to see it.