2022 NFL schedule: NFL to add Black Friday game as early as 2023 season, report says

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The NFL has been busy tinkering with its schedule for the past two years. They took away a preseason game, added an extra regular season game and set up a Christmas triple header for 2022. The NFL is expected to try something different again in the future, in the form of adding a Black Friday game as early as 2023, according to Sports Business Journal.

The NFL is known for its Thanksgiving games, and adding a game the day after Thanksgiving would only add to its weekday/weekend dominance. Just before Thanksgiving, the Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys drew an estimated 38.531 million viewers, making it the most-watched NFL regular season game on any network since 1990.

It would be Amazon that would stream that Black Friday game, however, as SBJ reported the idea gained momentum as the company negotiated a “Thursday Night Football” package for its streaming service earlier this year. In an April edition of Peter King’s Football Morning In America, it was revealed that the owners of the NFL adopted a resolution to give two other teams a second game in a short week – which opened the door to a Black Friday game.

Other sports such as college football, the NBA, and the NHL usually hold games on Black Friday, but they don’t say the NFL is king for no reason. Nothing is official yet, as the league may decide to wait another year before making this “Black Friday feature” a reality. But it looks like it’s a fatality. The last time the NFL played games on a Friday that wasn’t a holiday was in 1986.

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