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After ~12 years dropping NFST, is there a standalone RZC?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by saleen351, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    They never should have done the Thursday night games. The matchups are often crap, because parity and injuries mean they don't know how good teams will be when they schedule them. Its bad for the players who have a very short week - the teams involved should get a bye the previous Sunday.

    Doubling up on Monday night games is stupid too, but at least they don't do that very often.
     
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  2. schmave1

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    I didn't mind the Thursday night games when they were just during the second half of the season, but it's too much now. I never thought I'd say that, given that I watch just about any NFL matchup I can and usually never used to watch the Thursday night college games because they were matchups I didn't care about.
    $400 for a diluted Sunday Ticket is straight up robbery.
     
  3. inkahauts

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    I too think the Thursday games would be a lot better if both teams where always coming off a by.. then that would also give them a couple extra days before the following weeks game as well.

    That could actually make it easier for some players to play better over the course of an entire season.
     
  4. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    I recently canceled DirecTV and noticed the RZC is in my Comcast $5.00 Sports and Entertainment package.
     
  5. schmave1

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    Even more reason Sunday Ticket is robbery ... cable customers can get Red Zone for $5/month, I can watch it on my phone for $2 month (NFL Network version for both, of course), and DirecTV customers have to pay nearly $400?
    As far as Thursday night teams being those coming off a bye, it's an idea I've heard floated many times but I don't see it working. I don't see two teams getting a bye in, say, Week 13 purely so they can be in the Thursday night game. As a fan, I don't want to see byes anytime after Thanksgiving week, and I doubt the players would want to wait that long either.
    Thursday night games are better when they aren't every week, or they're a novelty. Just start them the first week of November and have them up until Christmas.
     
  6. slice1900

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    For the late season games they could have them play the previous week on Saturday, then they'd at least get five days of rest instead of only four so its not quite as bad. Once college football's regular season is over after Thanksgiving there's room for a couple Saturday games for the teams playing the following Thursday.

    Speaking of Thanksgiving, since when did they add a third Thanksgiving Day game? That's stupid, the Lions and Cowboys stepped up and were willing to play then when other teams didn't want to, they should continue to have an exclusive on Thanksgiving Day games.

    I think the NFL got the idea that they wanted more nationally televised games thinking they'd make more money, but they've just diluted the product by having too many. The reason Monday Night Football worked was because it was one game a week - it was "appointment TV" for NFL fans. Adding Thursday and Sunday night games made Monday Night Football no longer special, and only the most hardcore NFL fans will watch all three night games, now mostly just the fans of the teams involved watch them because three nights a week is just too much.
     
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  7. MysteryMan

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    Add to all that the games played in England. The NFL is shooting itself in the foot.
     
  8. schmave1

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    Agree with both posts.
    2006 was the first year there was a third Thanksgiving game (I forgot it went back that far). NFL Network carried it until 2011, then NBC picked it up in 2012.
     
  9. saleen351

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    IMHO Thursday night football destroyed fantasy football. My league folded after ten years and I personally believe TNF made fantasy less fun because you now had to work your lineup on Wed rather than when waivers would run on Thursday at midnight.

    I also agree TNF over exposed the NFL and is one of the main drivers of poor ratings. They need to scrap it.
     
  10. bill buckner

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    I agree it needs to be scrapped. The only way the NFL does it, is when the networks stop putting money in there pockets for the rights to air the games.
     
  11. slice1900

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    The Thursday contract is supposedly coming up for renewal again soon and there's talk that a streaming provider like Amazon or even Facebook might be interested in the rights. If they make it so there are games that can be watched only via streaming they'll really hurt themselves with older fans.
     
  12. glrush

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    And they will lose the people who do not have a good broadband connection available unless they want to sit through a SD broadcast/buffering and all that mess. There are many areas of the country that do not have a good, stable broadband connection which makes streaming video almost unwatchable.
     
  13. JoeTheDragon

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    local teams will still get to air it in there local area.
     
  14. slice1900

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    Sure, but it would be blacked out from regular TV for 90-some percent of the country, which rather defeats the purpose of spreading the games out from Sundays to try to get more exposure for the NFL.
     

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