Football fans will get a day full of NFL games on Christmas for the first time ever.
The NFL will have three games on Dec. 25, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). There will be two afternoon games, which will be broadcast on CBS and Fox, and a prime-time game on NBC.
North also said on the podcast that the NFL would play at least two or three games on Christmas in 2023 because it falls on a Monday. In 2024, Christmas will be on a Wednesday, and North noted that it’s unlikely the NFL schedules a midweek contest.
The NFL has played on Christmas for the past three years. Last year, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-22. The matchup averaged 28.6 million viewers on Fox.
The Colts and Cardinals also met on Christmas during the 2021 season, with Indianapolis defeating Arizona 22-16. It averaged 12.6 million on NFL Network.
The NFL’s decision to play games on Christmas helps it rival the NBA, which has played on Dec. 25 since 1947. The 2021-22 season featured five NBA games on Christmas on ESPN and ABC. According to Austin Kapp of Sports Business Journal, those five games averaged 4.1 million viewers, the lowest since ESPN acquired the NBA’s broadcasting rights in 2002-03.