King: 2023 NFL schedule will have Black Friday game; ‘Amazon Prime is Jonesing’ | Launderer’s report
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The 2023 NFL schedule will have a game the day after Thanksgiving, according to NBC Sports’ Peter King, who noted that Amazon Prime is “jonesing for one.”
Prime Video, which is now the exclusive home of Thursday night football following the NFL’s latest round of media rights deals, reportedly sought a Black Friday game in 2022, according to King.
However, that didn’t happen due to numerous scheduling conflicts and logistical issues, including the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and England that afternoon.
King went into more detail about the issues with hosting a Black Friday game this year.
“The NFL cannot run a game beyond 6 p.m. that day due to broadcast rules that have been in place since the 1960s. To respect college and high school football, the NFL cannot play on Fridays after 6 p.m. Labor Day through the second Saturday in Dec. With the USA-England World Cup game scheduled for FOX at 2 p.m. that day, the NFL should have either played at 11 a.m. if it wanted to avoid a dispute with the game, or start a match during the second half of the World Cup match.”
However, the World Cup hurdle is cleared in the fall of 2023, paving the way for Prime Video to host a Black Friday game.
This match could also be one to watch. As King pointed out, this year Thursday night football the schedule isn’t filled with a bunch of games featuring teams with weak prospects.
It’s worth noting that the ledger kicks off with the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, and it also includes other potential matchups with playoff-bound opponents (Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Rams).
As King previously noted, the NFL would like Amazon’s foray into the league to be a success, especially given its $1 billion-a-year price tag to be the exclusive home of TNF.
Additionally, Amazon reportedly offered “between $70 million and $100 million for a Black Friday game,” according to King.
In sum, all signs point to a huge Thanksgiving football weekend in 2023 with three Turke Day games, an Amazon Prime game on Friday, and the usual run of Sunday games. It’s all in addition to the Saturday college football slate, so football fans can enjoy a great four-day game streak.