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NFL seeking to sell some Thursday games to another network

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According to various published reports Sunday, the NFL is seeking a buyer for the television rights to some Thursday night games.

According to Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, the Thursday night games potentially sold would be early in the season, and the league was seeking to sell between six and eight of 13 games it airs on NFL Network.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press that the league was in talks “to air a part of the package with existing and potentially new broadcast and cable partners.”

McCarthy told the AP that NFL Network would continue to air games.

John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal first reported the potential sale of Thursday night games on Sunday.

In 2013, NFL Network televised one Thursday night game in Weeks 2-12 and Weeks 14-15. The Thanksgiving night game in Week 13 aired on NBC.

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56 Responses to “NFL seeking to sell some Thursday games to another network”
  1. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 13, 2014 1:50 AM

    I was hoping this said: NFL getting rid of Thursday games except on thanksgiving.

  2. thekiller678 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:53 AM

    Here’s an idea:

    Get rid of Thursday Night games.

  3. green41563 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:59 AM

    They won’t be happy until they ruin the league.

  4. billybone says: Jan 13, 2014 2:11 AM

    If only Discovery, History, H2, and Playboy networks could do it I would never have to change channels again.

    “Hello Comcast, I would like to cancel my current plan and enroll in your “Man Bundle.” Are you still offering this bundle with a coupon for a free subway meatball, roll of tissue, and a six pack of frosties for life at a low rate of $19.99 a month?…….where do I sign?”

  5. brooklyn40niner says: Jan 13, 2014 2:21 AM

    Coins…

  6. ohnoflorio says: Jan 13, 2014 2:29 AM

    Bring back Saturday gms at end of season

  7. steelhammer92 says: Jan 13, 2014 2:29 AM

    Just sell them all. The NFLN broadcasts are horrible.

  8. boomgrounder says: Jan 13, 2014 2:36 AM

    I think it’s the beginning of the end for live game telecasts for NFL Network. They will continue their other programming but the games themselves can make more money being broadcast on another network and will be fazed out except for very rate occasions.

  9. salscobrakai says: Jan 13, 2014 2:39 AM

    Coming up next after The Real Housewives of Las Vegas will be Thursday Night Football. Tonight’s game pits Johnny Manziel and the hard-hitting London Jaguars versus Jameis Winston and the new look Los Angeles Bills.

  10. dmercer3 says: Jan 13, 2014 3:19 AM

    GOOD! I am sick and tired of paying $20 more a month to verizon JUST during NFL season for 15 extra BS channels just so I can watch thursday night football.

  11. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2014 4:06 AM

    If they don’t change the lineup to these games, no network will want them.

  12. fooath says: Jan 13, 2014 4:09 AM

    Get rid of those rotten watered down skunks while they still have some value.

    Can’t believe ESPN hasn’t already overpaid for them.

  13. 1phd says: Jan 13, 2014 4:33 AM

    Please sell Sunday Ticket to Google so we can watch online and not be limited to DirecTV’s rip off prices.

  14. sickoe47 says: Jan 13, 2014 4:50 AM

    The way rogder goodell wants it,I wouldn’t be surprised if the bbc or telemundo or even the MLB network will be televising Thursday night football.

  15. bbk1000 says: Jan 13, 2014 5:29 AM

    Dear NFL,

    Thursday night games suck….

    Sincerely,
    Everbody

  16. jessejenni says: Jan 13, 2014 5:38 AM

    Of course they wouldn’t sell all the games. Nobody would have a reason to really have NFLN anymore.

  17. gforce90 says: Jan 13, 2014 5:59 AM

    Thursday night games suck.

  18. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 13, 2014 6:04 AM

    perhaps roger can use the extra revenue for a slick new ad campaign about player safety whilst forcing more players to play with short recuperation time …
    fiddle away roger fiddle away !!!!!

  19. hollymolley says: Jan 13, 2014 6:27 AM

    Selling Thursday night games, creating team(s) in Europe, moving a team ( or two ) to Canada, a franchise in L.A., unsold play off tickets, add another game to the season, add more play off games. empty seats huge increase in TV advert spots, pimping 9 evil ) political views. The NFL is in trouble. More trouble than they are willing to admit. Ti’s all down hill now, they have killed the golden goose…..

  20. braven4evr says: Jan 13, 2014 6:36 AM

    NFL is a joke…they speak about player safety but they play on Sunday and then on Thursday; tell the truth “it’s all about the money”

  21. larryed says: Jan 13, 2014 6:46 AM

    I think they would be smart to play a game beginning after the east coast game ends, so that they get to watch a prime time game out there.

  22. allhailkingflacco says: Jan 13, 2014 7:02 AM

    Will the greed ever end ?….

    I’ll answer my own question. H E double hockey sticks no.

  23. jimmysee says: Jan 13, 2014 7:04 AM

    NFL Football could raise rating for the Praise the Lord cable network.

    Football fans are always praying anyway.

    Especially Vikings and Browns fans.

    And it would be good to get Raiders fans into church somehow.

  24. 6ball says: Jan 13, 2014 7:06 AM

    .

    Put the Jets on the Lifetime Network.

    .

  25. FinFan68 says: Jan 13, 2014 7:11 AM

    Move them back to Sunday

  26. titansbro says: Jan 13, 2014 7:14 AM

    Safe to say nobody wants that crap?

  27. cheapglazers says: Jan 13, 2014 7:16 AM

    Games should not be on a Thursday unless it is Thanksgiving.

  28. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 13, 2014 7:23 AM

    Just drop it.

  29. SparkyGump says: Jan 13, 2014 7:48 AM

    it’s 2014, how about making all of the games available for streaming on a pay per view basis? Are you listening, Amazon?

  30. unclebluck says: Jan 13, 2014 7:57 AM

    Which means the NFL is looking to sell the crappy Thursday night games PAY PER VIEW….who wants to guess where this is all leading……

  31. edgarpoe3 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:08 AM

    As a fan, I wish they would end the Thursday Night charade. Oversaturation will be the NFL’s undoing.

  32. brohamma says: Jan 13, 2014 8:16 AM

    Oprah’s Network – OWN might be in the mix to garner a new target audience.. men.

  33. lbyrdjr says: Jan 13, 2014 8:26 AM

    Here’s an idea… Put them back on Sundays on CBS and FOX where they belong.

  34. GBwomenrhot says: Jan 13, 2014 8:31 AM

    How many of those games are worth watching if you’re not in that particular Market? 75% of them are awful – is that just ‘dumb luck’ or ‘scheduling’?

  35. cuda1234 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:37 AM

    Hopefully it will be a network that people can actually watch. All the NFLN has taught me is that its a lot easier to skip a game than I originally thought. And that often makes my weekends more productive!

  36. goraidersgospurs says: Jan 13, 2014 8:50 AM

    Must be the money!!!

  37. bleedgreen says: Jan 13, 2014 9:05 AM

    Would be nice if they didn’t let any EXISTING channel that has games buy these. Rumor was that Google wanted to buy them. That’d be cool to stream them on YouTube or similar. Amazon or NetFlix would be interesting too. Whoever buys them just better be smart enough to secure the streaming rights. Hopefully the trend in the playoffs of every game being available continues into the regular season next year.

  38. daltongang1 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:06 AM

    Please God, no more Thursday night Jags- Texans matchups!

  39. fwippel says: Jan 13, 2014 9:09 AM

    Move the games to Saturday night, and sell them to TNT.

  40. jgedgar70 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:30 AM

    Stop putting the Jaguars on every other week, and the Thursday games might be worth saving. Or better yet… Monday or Thursday – pick ONE day for a weeknight game, and stay with it.

    Oh, yeah, and stop putting the games on so late because you’re afraid of offending the Pacific time zone. Tell them to get DVRs like everybodyin the other 3 time zones has.

  41. telldatruth says: Jan 13, 2014 9:37 AM

    Sell em to es(pee)n!! or the foodnetwork

  42. kabasaman says: Jan 13, 2014 9:38 AM

    Godell is a Joke

  43. det12 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:09 AM

    Just take the games off completely the players don’t like them and neither do us fans

  44. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:28 AM

    I didn’t mind it when it was 3 or 4 towards then end of the season when the teams are on a roll and players have settled into the offenses and defenses.

    The Thursday games early in the year were all awful. The game that the Pats played in the 2nd week was brutal on them. With all the rookies they had playing, with no full practices, and them not knowing the offensive and defensive systems well at that point it was hard to do anything but suck.

    Any team in those early season Thursday games is screwed. And almost every single game they featured this year just plain stunk.

  45. snaponrules says: Jan 13, 2014 10:48 AM

    Who would buy that crap. They get some of the worst games almost every week.

    Fantastic games like the

    deadskins vs biqueens
    any game involving the dolphins
    texans and the jaguars
    BILLS vs BROWNS…. Seriously ???

  46. maddogwhite says: Jan 13, 2014 10:50 AM

    I would rather get rid of the Thursday games (minus opening day and Thanksgiving) and give us back some of the late season Saturday games, particularly when the College Conference games are over. Also, give me a Saturday night NFL game over one of those dreadful meaningless bowl games with half-filled stadiums any day.

  47. ghost26 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:28 AM

    I agree w/ some of the other posters–the Thursday night games are terrible & should be eliminated. The only thing worse than this is the idea to expand the season to 18 games.

    I love the game of football but the NFL keeps finding new ways to ruin their product like playing games in England in pursuit of making more money. When you have owners who can’t win like Jerry Jones & Dan Snyder pushing the agenda–you better believe they’re going to find new ways to cash in. See Jones thoughts on expanding the number of teams that make the playoffs. Sorry Jerry but your team will still find a way not to make it.

  48. maskill6 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:31 AM

    Maybe NFL Network can sell their games to Fox Sports 1. Both viewers would love that move!

  49. ghost26 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:31 AM

    kabasaman says: Jan 13, 2014 9:38 AM

    Godell is a Joke

    Kabasaman,

    I agree & I don’t think any fan of the game or defensive player would argue BUT at the end of the day he’s just a puppet for the more vocal & greedier owners.

  50. realskipbayless says: Jan 13, 2014 11:33 AM

    I for one like Thursday night games. But I do wish for better quality games next season.

  51. tmkelley1 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:49 AM

    Don’t let your dad get punched for a can of soup. Get rid of Thursday night games.

  52. gohawks7 says: Jan 13, 2014 12:33 PM

    Between all 3 night games, Thur, Sun and Mon, Thurs is the best broadcast. So, if you must have Thursday Night Football, please keep it on the NFL Network.

    If anything….find a new home for Sunday Night Football. Cris Collinsworth is pathetic….

  53. kidder95 says: Jan 13, 2014 12:59 PM

    NFL needs to tie Thursday night games to bye weeks. Schedule teams with bye’s from week 2-16 and have the two teams that were on a bye play that next Thursday.

    Teams get more than ample rest for 2 weeks, and guranantees better matchups.

  54. joeyashwi says: Jan 13, 2014 6:55 PM

    The NFL should play on Sunday and Monday only, excluding thanksgiving of course.
    The Thursday games create too much competitive advantage/disadvantage and the quality of the game suffers because of it. The sad thing is RG probably won’t be happy until there are games on every night of the week. Housing bubble, Wall Street, and soon the NFL. Sometimes enough is enough.

  55. iamhoraceknight says: Jan 13, 2014 7:30 PM

    Here is a BETTER idea, cancel all Thursday games except Thanksgiving.

  56. wolfpacka42 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:43 AM

    The current quality of Thursday Night Football is not very good as is. The only way I will support Thursday Night Football is to give the teams playing a Sunday before off. 3 days is not enough time to recover. Example the Chargers beat the Broncos back in December only because it was a Thursday night game. In the playoffs it was a different story. To me a better statement next year would be some coach play all backup players. Example-No Peyton Manning or Tom Brady on the NFL Network. I bet the NFL would not like that at all.

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