It might be time to call it quits.
For over forty years, the masses have flocked to their televisions on Monday night, for the final NFL game of the week. Monday Night Football was the “Monday night party” we waited for all week long, and served as a continuation of the excitement from Sunday’s game. More importantly, it served as an excellent vehicle to expand the NFL brand, reaching fans across the globe. Originally seen on ABC
and now seen on ESPN
Monday Night Football has evolved as the rest of the NFL has, becoming a major brand associated with the NFL.
And I’m here to say it might be time to call it quits.
The reason for this statement is simple: the games these days are horrible.
On paper, the match ups are supposed to be the draw to the game. When the schedule is created for the season, surely the schedule maker deities have to look at the games they are scheduling for this all important game and ask themselves “Is this really going to draw fans to watch this from a global perspective?”
If the answer is a yes from these individuals, we are all in trouble.
You might be asking yourselves why the suggestion that Monday Night Football might have outlived its usefulness has been made. All one needs to do is look at the Monday night schedule for this season to understand why such a statement would be made.
Did the Rams/Giants match up in week 2 get anyone excited, other than Rams and Giants fans?
Dallas vs Washington in week 3 looked good on paper. Until the game was an 18-16 snooze fest.
Win less Indianapolis against the Buccaneers. No comment necessary
Chicago at Detroit was a blowout Lions win, but other than it being nice to see the Lions back in prime time after being gone from there since the previous millennium, it was far from an outstanding game.
Dolphins at the Jets. Zzzzzzzzzzz…………………….
Finally there was last week’s all exciting Baltimore at Jacksonville game. Did anyone make it through the entire game?
Anyone else see a pattern? None of these games are exciting in the least, and none of them are a national draw for a television audience.
Perhaps it is just the way the first half of this season’s schedule was written, that the final match up of the week was destined to be a snooze fest. Or the fact that I am a Packers homer, and want to see a game which involves the Packers either directly or indirectly every week. But right now there is something wrong. The games do improve in the second half of the season, with games such as Minnesota at Green Bay in Week 10 and the Giants at the Saints in Week 12. But can anyone explain how Jacksonville was scheduled for not one, but two Monday Night Football games this season? They cannot fill the seats at their stadium yet warrant national television time? Makes no sense to me.
Tonight, while taking in what is certain to be an exciting Chargers at the Chiefs game, ask yourself this question: could you do without Monday Night Football, based on the games you have been given so far this season? Chances are the answer is yes.
After forty years, the novelty of Monday Night Football may have finally run its course. The NFL and ESPN need to take a serious look at the games they have been presenting to fans this season and determine if it is just best to call it a day on this long standing tradition, and figure out if they are actually pushing viewers and fans away instead of building the NFL brand.
I never thought the day would come where I could call football boring. Monday nights this year have done exactly that. Howard Cosell must be turning in his grave with that statement.
Filed Under: John Rehor