If you were planning on watching Sunday Night Football this week on NBC as you readied to ring in the New Year, you’ll need to make other plans. The NFL has canceled the final SNF game of the season, the first time it has done so since 2006.
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The reason why can be summed in up in one word. Ratings.
Source and more: Deadline
This season, there were no such games that met the NFL’s criteria on the final week’s schedule. The NFL, which hadn’t yet announced which teams would play Sunday night, would have either scheduled a game that had a chance of being a snooze or a game that already had no playoff implications at all.
Instead, there will be seven games scheduled for 1 p.m. and an unusually high nine games scheduled for 4:25 p.m. kickoffs. There won’t be an 8:30 p.m. game this year.
Source and more: CNN