Two Sundays (August 4th) from now we get our first taste of competitive football when the Dallas Cowboys “host” the Miami Dolphins in the annual “Hall of Fame Game.” The game has historically been an “additional” preseason game during induction week.
But apparently the NFL is considering adding a second Hall of Fame game, but as a regular season contest. The NFL already has teams giving up home contests to play overseas in London, and another team would have to give up a home game to play in the Hall of Fame game.
The goal is to increase the visibility of the Hall of Fame
I’m hearing the league is looking into having a second Hall of Fame game—a game that would be played during the regular season to great fanfare, in a move designed to increase interest in the Hall of Fame. There’s no question Hall fathers are trying to boost attendance at times of the year other than Hall of Fame week, when the place is bursting with fans. And calling a big regular-season game “The Hall of Fame Game’’ could focus attention on the Hall, particularly if there are programs in the home city of the game designed to spur interest and tourism there. As for the game, maybe it’s a Thursday, Sunday or Monday night primetime game. Maybe the Hall sends a traveling collection of busts and memorabilia to the game site, or to a museum in that city.