With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, the NFL will go head-to-head with the NBA and play a trio of games on the holiday for the first time ever.
Joining a podcast this week hosted by Buffalo Bills sideline reporter Sal Capaccio, NFL Vice President of Broadcasting Mike North revealed the league will play a triple header on Christmas Day. A game each will be played CBS and FOX during the afternoon, while NBC will have a primetime matchup.
“Christmas, when it falls on an NFL game day, we’ve had a lot of success there, all due respect to our friends at the NBA. It is something that our friends are interested in,” North said. “If Christmas falls on a Sunday, it makes perfect sense.”
The league will be playing on Christmas for a third-straight year. Green Bay defeated Cleveland 24-22 last season in a game that averaged 28.6 million viewers on FOX. It was the third-most watched matchup of the 2021 regular season slate.