Black Friday games in the National Football League are a fantastic and thrilling idea for the fans.
More than that, it set the way for yet another type of annual institution, like the Thanksgiving slate between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.
According to Ari Meirov, the Cincinnati Bengals offered to play every Black Friday in an effort to establish a yearly tradition for the team.
Meirov continues, “According to reports, the league considered having Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals as their Black Friday game, but they ultimately decided to go with Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets because New York is the No. 1 retail market in the country, making it a cool and obvious fit for Black Friday.”
NFL schedule maker Mike North said today that the #Bengals volunteered to play on Black Friday every year and essentially make it a tradition just like Dallas and Detroit have on Thanksgiving.
League considered Steelers/Bengals, but ultimately chose Jets/Dolphins. Amazon
Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) May 12, 2023
No offense intended to the Bengals, but given that NYC is one of the world’s largest sports markets, this makes perfect sense.
The Jets haven’t exactly had a stellar history, but they do have a sizable fan following and, at the very least, ought to be one of the league’s hardest teams to beat in the coming years.
By adding Aaron Rodgers to their youthful and talented squad, the Jets, who already had a solid and promising core of players, will become a club to watch as long as the four-time MVP remains in town.
There is still hope for the Bengals because there have been reports that the NFL may attempt to schedule games over the course of the entire week in the future.