Nov 3, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A Washington Redskins fan wearing a Santa Claus hat looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

NFL to stage first-ever Christmas Day tripleheader

The NFL will hold a tripleheader on Christmas Day for the first time in 2022.

NFL vice president of broadcast planning Mike North told Buffalo’s WGR 550 this week that with Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, the league will expand its footprint on the holiday despite Christmas traditionally being the NBA’s domain.

“We’ll play one game on CBS in the afternoon, one game on Fox in the afternoon and our regular Sunday night game on NBC,” North said. “Christmas, when it falls on an NFL game day, we’ve had a lot of success there, all due respect to our friends at the NBA.”

The NFL will have 11 games on Saturday, Christmas Eve, along with its usual Thursday and Monday night games surrounding the Christmas tripleheader.

The Christmas matchups are expected to be leaked during the week of May 9 before the full schedule is released May 12.

The league scheduled two games on Christmas in 2021, when it fell on a Saturday, and played one Friday evening Christmas game in 2020.

The NBA plays five games back to back every Christmas.

–Field Level Media