The NFL scouting mix is making its prime-time debut Thursday night time, so let me supply a chunk of recommendation: Discover one thing else to do. Something will work. Simply don’t cave to the concept that watching draft prospects run round in compression shorts is an entertaining option to spend a night.

Shifting the mix to prime time is the most recent instance of the NFL testing the bounds of its reputation. It is smart that it will attempt — 10 of the 15 highest-rated prime-time broadcasts in 2019 have been NFL video games — however the phrase “sport” is the one which issues. Tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals love watching NFL video games. The concept that there will probably be a equally rabid viewers for the league’s model of the Presidential Health Take a look at is a farce.

The scores replicate that sentiment, too. Final 12 months’s mix didn’t distinguish itself on a busy sports activities calendar. The Saturday telecast pulled a 0.7 score for ABC and did not beat actual sports competition throughout the identical timeframe. That didn’t cease the NFL from asserting final Might that it will transfer the televised drill portion of the mix from morning and afternoon to prime time.

The league’s quote in that report actually drives residence the hubris: “We’re all the time methods of bringing extra soccer to a wider viewers. This can allow us to perform the aim of reaching extra followers whereas nonetheless absolutely sustaining the soccer integrity of the occasion. We are going to modify the schedule to make sure a constructive expertise for the gamers and golf equipment.”

The mix isn’t soccer; it’s drills, interviews and medical evaluations. The XFL will probably be placing on precise soccer video games Saturday and Sunday, and I’ll be watching these over 40-yard dashes, 20-yard shuttles and, after all, three-cone drills.