The NBA is trying to shorten its season and is already experimenting with shorter games to try to save its players. But the NFL is going the opposite way, bunching up games so it can make more money–whatever the physical cost to its players. Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton’s New Orleans Saints just played a Thursday night game after a late Sunday night contest, and afterward the coach said the NFL scheduling was “foolish.” The Saints won the game 28-10, but “I’ve got three guys that are hurt in there [the locker room] now,” said Payton.
The NFL is not exactly known for looking out for its players. It is known, however, for making tons of money–and the new Thursday Night Football deal with CBS is a lucrative one for the league. The Saints tight end Ben Watson, a veteran, didn’t much like the quick turnaround either. “It’s a safety issue,” Watson said.