It wouldn’t be surprising if the Lions played more games in primetime in 2012 than they did in 2011 considering the success of the team last season and the exciting brand of football they are capable of playing. I took a look at the likelihood of the Lions getting more nationally televised games in 2012 back on January 17. I concluded in that article that there is certainly room in the NFL’s television schedule for the Lions to get a bump up and my thoughts were validated by recent comments from the Detroit Lions.
Jim Schwartz had the following to say on the matter at last night’s town hall meeting with season ticket holders:
I would expect that we would start seeing a lot more of those. And I think that’s (due to) No. 1, just the success we’ve had as a team, or the relative success we’ve had as a team, but also the interest in this team nationally. Young players like Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford in particular and some of the years that those guys had.
Our team was not just followed by people in Michigan or people in Detroit, it was followed even more on a national level.
Tom Lewand chimed in as well:
I’m not saying we’re going to get a Sunday night game this year. I don’t know that yet. But it would not surprise me, if we saw that on the schedule, if that was a home game in Detroit. And that’s in large part because of you guys (the fans), because of what our city did with (the Monday game).
If the Lions’ showing on Monday Night Football was so impressive that NBC wanted to get in on that action, it wouldn’t be surprising if ESPN would look to make a return trip to Detroit for another Monday night game. With ticket prices already very affordable by NFL standards, a home schedule that includes a Sunday night game, a Monday night game and a Thanksgiving game really brings some bang for the buck.
Last month, SideLion Report’s Chris Czar took a crack at ranking all 16 games that will be on the Lions schedule in 2012 for their likelihood of being played in primetime.
It’s exciting to think about the Lions’ expanding on the national scene. We will find out sometime next month just how much television audiences around the country will get to see the Lions.