The NFL is at it again. Doing dumb things that hurt everyone else, because they want to make more money. Thursday Night Football sucked last year. There were very few actually entertaining games. So instead of looking within themselves and wondering if making players play on 3-days of rest is the reason it is so bad, they are trying something to just force better teams to have to play in it. The NFL has approved the ability to Flex Thursday Night Games in weeks 14-17. They did say they have to give 28 days notice though.
The NFL will always do what makes it money. Play safety or fan experience be damned. And the idea of flexing Thursday Night Football games is bad for everyone by the people at the top. Going to an NFL game is not some casual thing like going to a baseball game. Especially if you are traveling. In week 15 for instance, the Eagles play in Seattle. Say an Eagles fan wanted to go to that game. They need to book a flight, a hotel, and perhaps a rental car, and may be planning a ton of other stuff in Seattle that weekend. Now you can’t do any of that, because it might switch to a Thursday game a month before the game takes place.
Switching that game to Thursday Night Football won’t just ruin travel arrangements, it may rob someone of a chance to go to that game, to begin with. Teams that have planned their rest schedule all season intending on playing on a Sunday, will suddenly be blindsided with another Thursday game.
But it is not the only dumb rule in sports. The sports world is full of dumb rules. So in honor of the NFL’s latest stupid idea, let’s look at some of the dumbest rules in sports.