The NFL will cancel the final edition of "NBC Sunday Night Football" for the 2017 season, the first such move since 2006. However, it is impossible to ignore that the league might want to avoid Sunday night this week for a different reason, as it also happens to fall on December 31 and in line with a lot of folks around the country leaving home to celebrate the new year. The options this year are Jacksonville-Tennessee and Carolina-Atlanta, but both Atlanta and Tennessee could be locked into a Wild Card spot with losses by certain teams, which could cause those teams to rest their starters. People are usually out celebrating the New Year and as we have seen with the College Football Playoff, scheduling live sports on New Year's Eve doesn't work. It appears as if the league is concerned that the 8 p.m. game would feature another tumble down the scale. With the new deal in place, not only do non-subscribers get to stream National Football League action to their device without the need of a Verizon plan, but it also opens up streaming for Verizon via their media platforms, such as Yahoo.
Though the NFL still leads its respective timeslots-Sunday Night Football is still averaging around 18 million viewers, after all-it's clear that fans have increasingly tuned out over the last two seasons. Or if NBC bids on Thursday Night Football for next season, put that marquee matchup in that package. There's also the possibility of a potential blowout, but that's not a situation unique to Wk 17. They'll try to give CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC the games they want, and provide that competitive balance in the schedule so one network doesn't appear to be favored over another.