Title Games Could 'Trump' Inauguration
Will both NFL Championship games this Sunday draw more viewers than the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inauguration on Friday?
Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv say yes, both games on Championship Sunday will garner more viewers than Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration this Friday. More specifically, the AFC Championship Game has odds of +125 to draw the most viewers, while the NFC Championship Game has +150 odds and the Presidential Inauguration is +225.
The Patriots will host the Steelers at 6:40PM ET on Sunday evening in the AFC title game, a matchup that currently lists New England as a 6-point home favorite. The over/under for the AFC Championship sits at 50.5 after it hit the board at 51. That game can be seen on CBS.
As for the NFC Championship, the Falcons are a 5-point home favorite versus the Packers while the total sits at a whopping 60.5 points. That game can be seen on FOX at 3:05PM ET and will be the final game ever played at the Georgia Dome, so there is some historical appeal to this year’s NFC title game as well. The Falcons will move into a new stadium next year.
One thing working against the United States Presidential Inauguration is that it will be shown Friday, January 20th at 12:00PM ET, which is a time that most Americans are working. So in terms of the odds, this is a disadvantage compared to the two football games, which will be shown on Sunday afternoon and will determine which teams play in the Super Bowl in two weeks. The smart money is probably on the AFC title game drawing the most viewers of the three events this weekend.