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It started with rumors, and those rumors were confirmed last week, the NFL will have a Monday Night Wild-Card Playoff Football game this season. The game will be the final of a three-day opening weekend with six games, with the NFL breaking with tradition by allowing two teams to play on Monday instead of Saturday or Sunday. While some may tell you the move is for ratings, I’m here to explain the real reason why Monday night Wild-Card Playoff Football is headed your way in January.
In recent years, the NFL Wild-Card weekend has consisted of four playoff games, two on the Saturday and two on the Sunday after the regular season ends. The Monday after Wild-Card Weekend saw College Football crown their national champions. This year, with the expanded regular season schedule, the College Football Playoffs will end the day after the NFL regular season, opening the Monday night timeslot for the NFL to spread their Wild Card weekend over three days rather than split it in two. compress . This, along with the knowledge that Monday night NFL games have better ratings than early Saturday afternoon, is why some say the NFL is extending their Wild Card Weekend.
Guess that may be part of the reason, but it’s not the only reason, nor is it the biggest reason. Because there is a group that is jumping for joy that there is a Monday Night Wild-Card game.
Anyone who knows anything about how football gamblers think knows one thing every week: the Monday Night Football Game is a way for gamblers to cut their losses if they are lagging or having a good week and make it a great week by making a few extra bets to win. . This has been true since the NFL added Monday Night Football to its regular season schedule, and will now become true during Wild-Card Weekend. And the reason the NFL is so excited about doing this is because of all of their deals with online gambling services that pay them millions in sponsorship money each.
Think about it, the 2021 NFL season ends on January 9e, the Wild Card weekend falls under the new 18-week schedule the following week. This year, that weekend just happens to be Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, a great three-day weekend for people to take a trip to Las Vegas and see their favorite NFL team in the postseason. Or sit back, relax, and place a bunch of bets on an NFL Wild-Card game on a day when they might have some winnings to reinvest or maybe need to get some of their cash back from a bad weekend of NFL post-season gambling.
Make no mistake, this Monday Night Wild-Card playoff game is less for the network that gets to broadcast it and more to keep the NFL bookmaking corporate sponsors/partners happy. Because for a league that denounced sports gambling just a few years ago, the NFL has certainly cut corners and embraced it for what it is: a way for them to make money.
Since we know the NFL will sell its soul for all the mighty dollar, we shouldn’t be surprised that they made their new sponsors happy ASAP by throwing BetMGM, Draft Kings, FanDuel and all the other places you can make a bet a juicy bone called a Monday Night Playoff Football.
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