The Blazers Should Explore Playing On Holidays Every Year


Sports leagues like to claim holidays as their own.

The NBA has Christmas. The NFL has Thanksgiving. College Football has New Years.

And this season, the NFL is playing their first-ever game on Black Friday. The Miami Dolphins visit the New York Jets the day after Thanksgiving.

Reports since revealed the Cincinnati Bengals proposed to the NFL that they would be willing to play on Black Friday every year, host it at Paycor Stadium, and be associated with that game.

John Canzano said that the Portland Trail Blazers should follow the Bengals’ suit and propose to the NBA that they would be willing to play on certain holidays.

“The Bengals want to do this. I love this idea,” Canzano said. “I actually think the Blazers should be proactive like the Cincinnati Bengals are here. I’m not saying it’s going to work but the Blazers should be talking with the NBA about what they might do to try and set themselves apart.”

Getting eyeballs on the Blazers is huge, especially on national television. The Trail Blazers fans are so good and to get a stand-alone game would be great for the brand of the franchise and bring some positivity in the area.

Step one to accomplishing that, of course, is getting a competitive team on the court. Portland has the fifth-best odds at the number-one overall pick at 10.5 percent and will learn that draft position on Tuesday at the NBA Draft Lottery.

Listen to the segment starting at the 24:15 mark in the podcast below. Catch the Bald Faced Truth with John Canzano weekdays 3-6 p.m. exclusively in Portland on 750 The Game.