When we look back and see how the impact of pro football has grown, a lot of factors come into place.
It’s remarkable seeing the excitement and speed of the game, not to mention the jaded pageantry with young guys doing incredible things that we mortals marvel at. Go back when games started just three hours apart because it was a different world. Now there are increasing desires on how to attract new revenues that push all the buttons.
Although the gambling aspect is never brought up, it had a major role in the first step a few years ago when we saw the late game (Las Vegas time) start at 1:15 p.m. instead of its customary 1 p.m.
The extra 15 minutes allows people trying to catch up on a loser or cashing in a winner for the next 2-teamer. Now with the playoffs the extra 30 minutes that seem to be built in, it gives players even more time to make a move.
Sitting in the downtown Plaza last Sunday, I made an effort to see how much the extra time meant as far as handle and transactions in that short window. For events that have been up for seven days, we squeezed in about 15 percent of total activity with the added window of time.
And, yes "size does matter" when it comes to the match-ups. Although in our fraternity a bet is a bet no matter what the teams, they should compromise on flex schedules even during the playoffs. Easier said than done, but it can be done.
The Baltimore-Tennessee AFC match-up is the first game Saturday and just as attractive as the 11-10 rematch between San Diego and Pittsburgh in the 1:45 p.m. second game on Sunday. The NFC rematch between Philadelphia and the New York Giants will be the first game at 10 a.m. PT.
You can see the level of activity increase among certain situations involving particular teams. A best of three from Arizona-Carolina would not draw as many viewers than just one Ravens-Titans game.
The handle has been very good starting out the year, but placing these games after the fact can even make it better.