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The NFL is going down a bad road with its Christmas games on a Wednesday


For almost 100 years, the one thing the NFL didn’t try to mess with was Christmas.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. How has the NBA benefited from airing games on Christmas Day?
  2. Why do you think the NFL has not traditionally had games on Christmas Day?
  3. This news story also suggests that Wednesday games have typically been off limits in the NFL. Why?
  4. Why do you think the NFL chose to host Christmas games next year, even though it will fall on a Wednesday?
  5. What does it mean for a league to grow?
  6. Why do you think growth is important to a professional sports league?
  7. Do you think growth by any means necessary is a good strategy? Why or why not?
  8. Does it feel like scheduling NFL games on Christmas Wednesday feels like growth by any means necessary? Why or why not?
  9. This news story suggests that the NFL is “going down a bad road” with the Christmas games decision. Why?
  10. Do you agree with that assessment? Why or why not?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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