The National Football League released its 2013 regular season schedule earlier this week.
As always, the schedule drew plenty of praise and criticism. Some were elated by the slate of games on their team's respective schedule. Still others were not too happy at all.
Count Lucas Oil CEO Forrest Lucas as one who isn't a fan of the 2013 schedule for the Indianapolis Colts. Why is this relevant? Well, because his company has paid over $120 million to have the naming rights attached to the Colts' stadium for the next 20 years.
“I was surprised by the schedule,” Lucas said. “I would have thought after last year, the Colts would be off the bottom of the totem pole and we’d have gotten a few more prime-time home dates. Those prime-time [home] games are huge for us.”
Lucas' concerns might just be warranted, though. Seven of Indy's eight games are slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET this year, and five of those games will come against opponents who posted losing records in 2012. The Colts do play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a Sunday night tilt on October 20, but outside of that contest, there isn't much to be excited about.
“I don’t want to complain too much because the Colts and city of Indianapolis have been real, real good to us,” Lucas said. “Those early games kill our exposure on the West Coast.”Nonetheless, Colts fans still have a lot to look forward to coming off an 11-5 campaign and a quarterback in Andrew Luck who projects to become a star in the league.
Via NBC Sports