The NFL seems to be cutting into the NBA’s Christmas Day tradition

Los Angeles Chargers fans dress up for Christmas in the first half of an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium.

Los Angeles Chargers fans dress up for Christmas in the first half of an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium.
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The sports calendar means that you always know when in the year it is based on which games are played. The NFL tries to make each season its own.

After an insanely free agent period, there took much of the spotlight away from March Madness and college basketball earlier this month, the NFL is doing its best to bully the NBA, on the latter’s holiest day of the regular season, by announcing it will play three games on Christmas Day this year.

“Christmas, when it falls on an NFL game day, we’ve had great success there, with all due respect to our friends in the NBA. It’s something our friends are interested in.” NFL Vice President of Broadcasting Mike North recently revealed. “If Christmas falls on a Sunday, it makes perfect sense.”

This year’s Christmas weekend will be dominated by the NFL – one game on Thursday night, December 22, 11 games on Christmas Eve (including one at night), games on CBS, FOX and NBC at Christmas and beyond Monday night football on the 26th.

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Adam Silver and the NBA must respond in a way that will bring the glory back to Christmas Day games. However, it will not be easy as last year’s highly hyped lineup did not live up to expectations. When it was announced that the 2021 Christmas Day board would feature matchups like the Hawks / Knicks, Celtics / Bucks, Warriors / Suns, Nets / Lakers and Mavericks / Jazz, there were enough stars and drama to entertain casual and diehard fans.

But then messed up damage all along. Trae Young was injured when the Hawks made their first appearance in Madison Square Garden since they wiped out the Knicks in five games in the playoffs. The Warriors were still without Klay Thompson, Luka Dončić was out for the Mavericks, and Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis were all missing from the expected match between Brooklyn and Los Angeles. The Celtics and Bucks game was the only one that contained all of its stars. However, it was scheduled for early afternoon so it felt like a glorified junior college game.

With already having three games on Thanksgiving, the NFL looks set to own another great holiday this year. After having a Christmas program that included Cleveland / Green Bay and Indianapolis / Arizona last year, you can be sure the league will make this year’s program more attractive to a national audience.

On Monday, it was announced that Amazon is willing to pay between $ 70 and $ 100 million for a Black Friday game. And if that happens, it’s almost like a lock being reported that it would be somewhere between $ 2.1 million and $ 3.2 million per team. And given the way that this league and these owners love money, you can already write this game on the form.

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