WE’RE SATURDAY FOOTBALL BACK! WE’RE GETTING SATURDAY FOOTBALL BACK! WE’RE GETTING SATURDAY FOOTBALL BACK!
Buried in the news that CBS will broadcast the first eight games of Thursday Night Football for the 2014 season (which will also be simulcast on the NFL Network), is that the league is bringing back late-season Saturday NFL games. Hooray! Finally, when empty void of college football-free Saturdays finally opens its giant maw late in December, we will be free — NO, OBLIGED! — to turn down offers of cookie exchanges and holiday shopping trips to the mall because we will be too busy watching football again on Saturdays.
Sure it means more eight more games with Phil Simms and Jim Nantz, but that’s why we turn down the TV and read the commentary on the Live Blogs instead. At this point, Simms and Nantz sound like all the adults on Peanuts in my head for the entire game call.
Also buried in the presentation is that the NFL looks to launching something called NFL Now this summer which will mainline “content” (they said it) directly into your veins via game consoles, tablets, and mobile phones. From what we could glean from the soulless Power Point presentation it sounds similar to MLB.TV, but with more personalization and daily updates. A quick search shows they’ve at least got the landing page launched and ready for people to sign up for updates.
But who cares about second screens and personalization. WE’RE GETTING SATURDAY FOOTBALL BACK. Move Monday Night Football back to its god given time of 9:15 PM ET/6:15 PM PT, and we’ll be golden.