I love football.
Seriously. If it's on. I'm glued to the television. Most likely because I have a monetary interest in the outcome, but even if I don't: I'm glued.
Seriously, what else could get a Chicago Bears fan interested in the Cardinals vs 49ers Monday Night game that plagued Monday Night Football for years when both teams sucked? Either fantasy football or betting. I don't like fantasy football so I bet the game.
It's amazing how much more engaging a football game can be when you bet on it.
That's been true for me for as long as I've watched football.
Until this year.
Having football on Monday, Thursday and Sunday almost seems too much. Economists will tell you that scarcity increases demand. You could make the case that adding a Tuesday night game or a Saturday night game wouldn't be a bad idea either.
I wouldn't be shocked if talks are underway to do just that.
The problem is when you do this you take away the scarcity of the product. Football has one of the longest off seasons and that plays into the demand. It's also been a twice a week enterprise for years. After Thanksgiving is when Thursday night games started popping up a few years ago and that only wet my appetite even more. Putting Thursday games on for the full season seemed like a no-brainer.
Well, I don't like it.
Six weeks into the season and I don't even want to watch tonights game. Steelers vs. Titans. I have almost no interest in watching this game. I have almost no interest in betting on this game.
This feeling is completely foreign to me.
I typically can barely contain myself on Monday's knowing there will be a game on later that night. I love the feeling on Sunday around 7pm right before the prime time NBC game.
Perhaps there's just too much football out there right now?
Perhaps Thursday just needs some better match ups?