Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL owners approve Thursday Night Football flex scheduling; Steelers’ Rooney objects

PITTSBURGH — The NFL owners passed a measure to allow for flexible scheduling of Thursday Night Football games at league’s spring meetings in Minnesota on Monday, despite the opposite of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Art Rooney II and several other prominent owners.

The measure passed with a 24-8 vote, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants and New York Jets all voted against the proposal. The same eight owners held out during the previous league meetings in March, but were unable to prevent the motion from passing.

“I’m adamantly opposed to it,” Giants owner John Mara said to NJ.com. “Flexible scheduling … is really inconsiderate to our season-ticket holders who fill our stadiums every week. People have gotten used to going from Sunday afternoon to Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean they like it. This year, we can be flexed to Monday night, which I think is very inconsiderate to our ticket holders.

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