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NFL schedule to announce teams for rare double-header on Wednesday after league confirmed Christmas games will return

NEXT week’s release of the NFL schedule will reveal the teams playing on Christmas Day.

The NFL is reportedly planning a Christmas doubleheader to fall on a Wednesday this year.

Next week, the NFL’s 2024 schedule will reveal the teams that will play in a rare doubleheader on WednesdayCredit: Getty
The two games will take place on Christmas, as the NFL will hold a game during the holiday for the fifth year in a rowCredit: Getty

It was reported on Tuesday that the NFL will release its full 2024 schedule on Wednesday, May 15.

In December, the NFL hinted that there would be no games scheduled for Christmas for the 2024 season.

Hans Schroeder, the league’s executive vice president, revealed the reasoning, saying the NFL would rather “focus on the run-up to the playoffs.”

Things changed for the NFL when Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports reported in March that the league is gearing up to schedule two games on Christmas in 2024.

The holiday falls on a Wednesday.

It has yet to be determined which networks will air the doubleheader.

For the past two seasons, CBS and Fox have both televised a Christmas play.

Front Office Sports reported that the two games are up for bidding, with bidding starting at $50 million per matchup.

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Amazon Prime paid $100 million last year for the right to broadcast the Black Friday game.

The NFL rarely has games on Wednesdays.

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Before the 2024 campaign, the league had only two seasons in which the NFL played a Wednesday game.

One of the cases occurred in 2020 when the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game was moved to Wednesday due to COVID concerns.

Fans can expect Wednesday games to be rare.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed during the league’s annual meetings that Wednesday football should not come close to being a regular event.

The NFL has an idea which teams will play the Christmas game in Week 17Credit: Getty

“It won’t be normal,” Goodell said, via Pro Football Talk.

“It will be if Christmas falls on a Wednesday.”

Last season’s tripleheader games, which took place on a Monday, averaged an impressive 28.7 million viewers.

What we already know

So far, ONLY one matchup has been confirmed for the 2024 NFL regular season.

That’s the Week 1 game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers on Friday, September 6.

The match will be played at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will be streamed live on Peacock in the United States.

We also know the identities of the home teams for the three games in London, England, and one in Munich, Germany.

The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings will host matches at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while the other London home team will be the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

The Carolina Panthers have also been confirmed for the match at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

The NFL has scheduled teams that play on Saturday in Week 16 to play the Christmas game in Week 17.

The NFL is organizing a Christmas game for the fifth year in a row.