(As the pie shrinks, that could suddenly change.) Still, that's a rough idea of the impact of no TNF on the highest-paid players in the game.
The downside for the players is that if the league were to drop "Thursday Night Football", that would eliminate the very big rights fee that comes with it and subsequently drive down the salary cap, meaning less money for the players.
"Yeah, it's miserable. It's bad". During an interview on Monday with 93.7 The Fan, a CBS Sports Radio station in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger ripped the idea of Thursday games and called on the National Football League to just get rid of them.More news: The Talk: Eve fills Aisha Tyler's vacated seat
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"It's miserable, it's awful", Roethlisberger said in an interview on Pittsburgh's 93.7 The Fan on Monday. Both teams are going through it, so I'm not just speaking on ours. We are a pretty beat up football team and to turn around in two days and go out play another physical football team is tough. You've got to let your body recover a little bit. Even a week you're still not full recovered Sunday to Sunday. You still are dealing with bumps and bruises and things continue to build up throughout the season. "When the game is set to kickoff, you've just got to be in the best mindset", Mariota said. "I look forward to this opportunity with Pittsburgh and can't wait to play". It's a tough thing to do. "But we've got to do what the league says".
What does he expect from LeBeau's defense on Thursday night?
Roethlisberger joins a list of players who have voiced their dislike for the game. "I'm sure the Titans would say the same thing and everyone who's played on Thursday night would say the same thing". Walker and Mariota are also questionable to make an appearance in this game so the odds are definitely going in favor of the Steelers even if the Titans do come out on top in the rivalry between these two. During his call with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, the Steelers QB railed against the schedule, calling the game "miserable" and echoing the sentiments of Sherman and many others. It's not that he's wrong, it's that he's focused too much on the problems with the game instead of just accepting that he needs to deal with something that's really beyond his control as an individual player.