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Mark Cuban seemed to say it pretty clear: the NFL is heading straight towards an implosion.

In the article, Cuban cited the NFL's expansion of Thursday night and now two planned Saturday games as a reason why the league may be in trouble, citing audience fatigue.

"I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion," Cuban said. "I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

The comments come as CBS and the NFL announced a one-year joint partnership in airing Thursday Night games starting in the 2014 season.

What do you think? Do you think the NFL should stick to Sundays and Mondays or do you think expansion to as many nights of the week as possible is a good thing?

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# 1 DirtyJerz32 @ 03/24/14 10:37 AM
Sundays and Mondays!
# 2 CM Hooe @ 03/24/14 10:37 AM
I'm fine with the NFL on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday, but I have too much to do in a week to really give it any more of my attention than that.

I actually have found myself watching less NFL than usual over time, to be honest; last season, outside of playoff games, I really only watched games which involved the Cowboys or the Packers.
# 3 Cowboy008 @ 03/24/14 10:40 AM
Move it back to Sundays and Mondays.
# 4 elgreazy1 @ 03/24/14 10:47 AM
I have noticed myself watching football much less now that its so readily available on multiple days. I guess before I felt I needed to budget out time since it was on a stricter time schedule and now it's just so common it gets lost in the shuffle of my every day.
# 5 madlarson @ 03/24/14 10:48 AM
Sundays and Mondays. Cuban is right, too much of anything gets old fast.
People will tire of it being in their face all the time.
# 6 SVCbearcat10 @ 03/24/14 10:51 AM
I agree. Go back to Sunday and Monday. The two things that made football popular are becoming less and less true. It's a violent sport and on one day a week. Baseball has fallen out of favor in this country because it's on every day and everyone is too busy to follow something that frequent.
# 7 scottyp180 @ 03/24/14 11:19 AM
I prefer sundays and mondays however I would not mind 1 thursday night game a week IF it is a good match up. The thursday night games this past season were awful matchups. There were a few good games but if the matchup is a throw away game they might as well keep it on the sunday lineup. I dont want saturday games at all, except for playoffs. Leave saturdays for the college boys.
# 8 scottyp180 @ 03/24/14 11:28 AM
Originally Posted by madlarson
Sundays and Mondays. Cuban is right, too much of anything gets old fast.
People will tire of it being in their face all the time.
I thought that comment by Cuban was a bit ironic since there are nba games on nearly every day of the week, however the tight schedule is part of what makes the league great. 1 day a week you have an exciting day of about 12 games and you have the rest of the week to discuss what happened sunday and what is going to happen the following sunday. And the 16 game schedule makes every week and game that much more important and excited.

With the other sports there are so many games, seemingly everyday, that I end up tuning out most of the season until the playoffs begin.
# 9 GlennN @ 03/24/14 11:30 AM
Unless the Eagles are playing, I rarely watch games other than Sunday afternoon. And, even if the Eagles are playing, I often DVR and watch the next morning. Night football just never worked for me. NFL football, at its most attractive, is a 1:00 Sunday kickoff.
# 10 burjeffton @ 03/24/14 11:40 AM
Cuban is a smart dude. And he's right.
# 11 PAPERNUT @ 03/24/14 12:08 PM
Cuban is on point. Last year was first year in close to 10 yrs I did not subscribe to Sunday Ticket and I did not miss it as much as I thought I would. Free agency has been a factor that makes it hard for me to care much anymore and the lack of a good NFL video game that I have not purchased in a few years also hurts not being connected as in the past. Also all the rule changes and proposals have made the game soft. Just like the MLB and NBA that had their times at the top in the past, they got bumped off, so seeing the NFL drop off in the future would not be a surprise as well.
# 12 jmik58 @ 03/24/14 01:21 PM
Cuban has a point, but it doesn't relate to football. America loves football. Over-exposure and an inverse effect on enjoyment works for things that are moderately fun -- but the world is in love with the NFL.

There are things I like to do that are moderately enjoyable, but I get bored with them after a while. That's not the case with America's infatuation with the NFL and football.

Think of it in terms of America's obesity problem. The NFL and football are the sweet, sugary foods and drinks. People can't get enough of them and eat them all the time. There's an emotional connection that's too strong for over-saturation to taint our love affair with such foods and with football.
# 13 mp5681 @ 03/24/14 01:28 PM
Mark Cuban is 100% correct. They are getting greedy and Thursday games are horrible. I think about something Anquan Boldin said regarding football players and there body, he said that he doesn't even begin to feel normal again until around Thursday. There body doesn't have enough time to recover and the product shows. The best part about the NFL is that it's NOT on all the time.You get a chance to miss it. If it's not broke don't fix it. Between the no defense allowed rule changes and the over saturation of NFL games I can unfortunately see a day when the NFL is no longer king.
# 14 asu666 @ 03/24/14 02:03 PM
I'm pretty burnt out on American football. There's only about 15 minutes of actual gameplay and the rest is filler. I can uinderstand why television loves it; but, I find myself watching a lot more MLS, BPL, and International soccer/real football becuase there's no commerical breaks during play and it's just more fun imo.
# 15 LOEAnubis @ 03/24/14 02:17 PM
I completely agree with Cuban here. I for one have watched far less football over the past three seasons, even when it involves my home town Steelers, I just find myself uninterested. And now with more games on Thursday, this time on a major network, that just feels like overkill to me. Sure, the NFL Network had games on Thursday all season, but the NFL dropped the Saturday games.

I just think that this push, plus the push to get 18 games will be too much for the casual fans. I remember when the Super Bowl was first pushed into February and people thought that was nuts. What about a near early March Super Bowl, what is the point other than a blatant cash grab?
# 16 Money99 @ 03/24/14 02:18 PM
I'm the furtherst thing from a NFL fan (or any football).
But I do enjoy Sunday football. It's what makes the NFL unique.

Expanding to multiple days (I've even heard they'll add Tuesday's eventually) is going to kill this league.
Soon it'll be no different than the MLB, NHL or NBA where there are games every day.
Especially if they increased the season to 18 games.

Everyone knows Sunday is football. I'd prefer they stick to Sunday's and one Monday Night game.
# 17 jlech1805 @ 03/24/14 02:38 PM
I think the NFL should remain "greedy", but is approaching in the wrong direction.

The NFL should add 1 more week to the regular season schedule.

18 Weeks and give each team 2 byes.

It will make the Player's union happier with more rest and increase the TV revenue with not only 1 additional week, but a higher percentage of their games will be in prime time.

Simple solution and I have no idea why it isn't proposed.
# 18 TheBrothers24 @ 03/24/14 03:11 PM
Originally Posted by CM Hooe
I'm fine with the NFL on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday, but I have too much to do in a week to really give it any more of my attention than that.

I actually have found myself watching less NFL than usual over time, to be honest; last season, outside of playoff games, I really only watched games which involved the Cowboys or the Packers.
I found myself doing the exact same thing. I think I only watched one Thursday game and that was only because the Chargers were playing. I even found myself not watching a lot of the Monday night games. I don't have the need to watch every game like I did before they expanded to a game every Thursday during the week.
# 19 braves_94 @ 03/24/14 03:34 PM
First and foremost, the NFL will have to get anti-laws repealed if they want to air games Friday during the high school season, and Saturdays during college football (barring major holidays, such as Christmas).

To be honest, I'm burning out on the NFL. Since 1992, I've watched every game of my favorite team. I'd even watch the preseason. After 21 years, I'm ready for something different. And there are tons of reasons why. The lack of a running game. Everything is through the air now. Which means games will be creeping longer and longer. They've effectively hid this with 3:15 starts on all national games by the way, or 3:30. Before the rule changes that supported a pass-happy league, the game was about as leveled as you would want. But QBs like Rodgers, Brees, Brady, and Manning are slaughtering that parody. It's not so much about the team any more, as it is the QB. It's still possible to be competitive with a Mark Sanchez, but it's virtually impossible to say a team will be hurting to get to the playoffs if Manning is at the helm.

Not only is the game harder to watch, people are getting hurt right and left. Being 7 or 8, big hits were great! Nothing was better than Ken Norton laying the smack down on Steve Young. But the older you get, hopefully you reconize, that's a person getting battered. And by rooting for the imposing QB to go out, you just become a blood-thirsty jerk. Much like the Philly crowd cheering Irvin's career ending injury.

And you may say well it's their job. And that they're getting paid millions. But they're not. They play competitively through high school and college under the guise of an extra-curricular activity. So if they get hurt, oh well. It's not going to hurt the school any. The school rakes in all the endorsements. They control their public image to sell seats. And all they get is enough allowance to eat peanut butter sandwiches. And you can't take any help for anyone, or face being inelgible. After eight years of that, a select few make it to the pros where the average career is three years. You're now under "team control" being paid a slotted amount for the first few years.

The owner aspect: they clearly don't care about their players. They use everything in the book to limit player's salaries. A player could rush for 2,000 yards one season, but tear his ACL in the final play, and face a lukeworm reception should his contract expire that year. On the fan side, you have to pay $40 to park a mile away from the stadium. Parking sucks. Getting in sucks. Getting out, sucks. Half the crowd are drunk neanderthals who feel like they're a legit member of the team rather than the neutral bystander they are in their nose-bleed seats. And if they don't get enough neanderthals to pack the house, they'll black you out.

If you can't tell, the NFL sits on the same level with me as Thunderdome. More and more, I find it harder to watch a game that is taking advantage of everyone. So much so, that the ONLY people that are truely benefiting from this, a sport that billions watch, and million participate, are a select few QBs and it's owners and schools. At least in soccer, baseball, and basketball you're not constantly put at risk of paralyzation, or inflicting it on someone else, just to be a champion.

End rant.
# 20 woody2goody @ 03/24/14 03:39 PM
UFC is in danger of having the same problem. When it used to be a couple of fight cards a month it was amazing, but now you have nearly twice as many PPVs, Fight Nights, TUF, UFC on FOX etc, the cards themselves are losing a little bit of excitement.

If the NFL is not careful there are going to be games on every day of the week and people aren't going to care. Premier League football used to be on Saturdays mostly with the odd game on Sundays and it was fine. Now you have Saturday lunchtime kickoff, Saturday afternoon, Saturday Night Football, Sunday lunchtime, Sunday afternoon and finally Monday Night Football. Soon it will be every day of the week.

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