Big television ratings on Christmas are nothing new in sports, as the NBA has been playing games on the annual holiday for years.
Slowly though, the NFL is starting to make more of an impact on Santa’s big day, and reports now say that the league may have two games on Christmas Day instead of just one.
Last season, the league put an NFC showdown between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings on Christmas, a game in which Saints running back Alvin Kamara went off for six touchdowns in a 52-33 Saints’ win.
The league was giddy over the fact that the late afternoon affair drew an average of 20.1 million viewers, and there’s no doubt that the league can find another solid holiday game that they can put on after a 4 or 4:30pm first kickoff.
The NFL has enjoyed success the last few seasons putting a third game on Thanksgiving after the Lions and Cowboys play the first two games, and that could be another reason they want to toy around with more games on Christmas in 2021.
Christmas in 2021 will be on a Saturday, which will work well for a couple of games since it’s already the weekend. It’s more difficult to put a game on, say, a Tuesday or Wednesday.
We will see how the league handles the holidays when the schedule is released in April, but don’t be surprised to see a pair of games as you drink your eggnog on Christmas Day in 2021.