Previously, The NFL allowed only games on Sundays to be flexed throughout the day. However, the league recently voted to allow flex scheduling for the TNF schedule in 2023 by passing a 24-8 proposal despite getting huge backlash from the Las Vegas owner Mark Davis, the New York Giants co-owner John Mara, and some other figure in similar positions.
The new change sent shockwaves through the football area with many players expressing their outrage over the decision including the Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback and the next NFL GOAT contender Patrick Mahomes. Shockingly enough, Mahomes teammate Travis Kelce has his consent in favor of TNF.
Travis Kelce surprisingly comes in support of Thursday Night Football change!
The Chiefs veteran tight end Travis Kelce and his brother Jason Kelce voiced their support in favor of the NFL’s new change on the latest episode of their podcast.
Most NFL players are opposing the rule due to the lack of rest between Sunday and Thursday and the strong chances of getting trapped by injuries. However, the Philadelphia Eagles center believes the change is actually a blessing in disguise as the players will get additional rest after the match and shorter weeks will provide an easier practice schedule.
“As we’ve talked about before, I’m a huge fan of the Thursday Night game. Listen, I am all for games being played on Thursdays because that means we have walkthroughs during the middle of the week and we don’t practice. Then we get three days off after the game,” said Jason.
Travis agreed with his sibling’s mindset saying, “I’m a huge fan of them even later in the season too.”
The Philly athlete lashed out at players for opposing TNF saying they are just doing so to hit the headlines.
“Players that are anti–Thursday night games are just looking to make headlines. There’s no f**king chance anybody with half a brain cell is against Thursday night games.”
Jason hopes to get better games with playoff implications following the flexing adjustment
The NFL is rumored to have accepted the flexing scheduling to keep their new partner Amazon satisfied who pays nearly $1 billion annually for the Thursday night package. It was reported that the late-season games on Prime couldn’t draw large audiences due to featuring uninteresting games.
The Eagles center said Thursday nights are one of the few nights during the season when he can enjoy watching a game as a fan, hence, he doesn’t want to witness an unattractive match to spoil his mood.
“The other reason I’m a fan of the Thursday night games getting flexed is I just like good football being on prime-time TV. I don’t want to turn my Thursday night television on and have to watch a bad game. I like watching good football and Thursday nights is one of the few nights that I get to watch football and just enjoy it as a fan. Let’s get some good friggin’ matchups,” he added.
The Kelce duo may be taking a strong stance against the grain but it doesn’t mean they are right. Let’s see how this controversial decision actually plays out.