NFL Plans To Play On Christmas Day In 2024

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23)

The NFL and Santa are teaming up again this season. According to Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal, the NFL plans to play on Christmas Day in 2024.

NFL Plans To Play On Christmas Day In 2024

The NFL previously said it would not schedule a game on Christmas in 2024 because Dec. 25 falls on a Wednesday. However, the league has reversed course and plans to schedule a game on Christmas this season.

The 2023 NFL Christmas Day tripleheader drew monster ratings for the league. CBS’ game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs garnered an average audience of 29.2 million, the most-watched Christmas Day NFL regular season game ever.

Fox’s game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles reported 29.0 million viewers, while ESPN’s contest between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers recorded 27.1 million viewers.

NFL Steals Christmas From The NBA

With the move to schedule a game on Christmas, the NFL continues to steal the spotlight from the NBA.

In years past, the NBA owned Christmas, with the league airing five national games featuring some of the league’s most popular teams, including the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Boston Celtics.

After 2024, Christmas is set to fall on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday over the next four years. Since the NFL typically plays games these days, you can expect the league to play on Christmas for the foreseeable future.

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