AA - The National Football League is looking to sell half of the Thursday Night Football package that currently airs on NFL Network. For the last two seasons, NFL Network has aired 13 games. It appears that the NFL will increase the Thursday night schedule to 16 games meaning NFL Network and the winning bidder would split the package right down the middle. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports that there would not be a shortage of bidders for the package. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand tweets that this would be a one year deal that would be for the 2014 season. The Times’ Sandomir says that the NFL would prefer to see the games on a broadcast network on either one of its current partners, CBS, Fox or NBC, but would not rule out having them on cable, i.e., Fox Sports 1, NBCSN or TNT should Turner Sports put forth a bid. The NFL spokesman told Awful Announcing that no postseason games would be part of the package so this bid would be strictly for the regular season.
The best part of this? Nothing. Nothing is the best part of this. I don’t know one soul who gets excited over Thursday Night Football. Even when your team is playing, you’d rather it just be a Sunday afternoon, not a Thursday night. Nobody with a job and a life enjoys staying up on a Thursday to watch the Redskins lose another game then going into work hungover. And the games this year on TNF were atrocious. The players themselves say they don’t have enough time to recover and prepare for games on Thursday nights. The games are bad, the coverage is bad, and the time they are on is bad. And adding 3 more Thursday night games is ridiculous. Late in the season when teams are fighting for playoff spots, having to play on 3 days rest is brutal. But 800 million dollars for half of a season sounds pretty fucking good if you’re the NFL, and they sure as shit are not going to turn that down. Goodell gonna Goodell.
PS: Hoping FS1 pulls the upset and buys this. Need Regis and Good Ol’ JR in the booth.
Nate does not Bet
As long as we get Jacksonville vs. Tennessee from London I’m in
i miss the jacked up bit on espn
give it a year and this is what pres will be charging for those shitty tshirts
is there additional info i would get from reading beyond the title? i doubt it. gotta have titties bouncing at the bottom of blogs like this.
need gus johnson and jr in the booth
should make it Friday night
JR in the booth could save TNF
fox just dropped a shit load of cash for the world cup and nascar. NBC the same for nascar and soccer. TNT if i could lay cash on it
I get excited, but I’m a degenerate gambler, so….
If you can’t/don’t stay up late on Thursday nights all year, you must be a paperboy.
I’m gonna be drinking anyway, Midas whale have football to watch also
I’ve always wondered why not make the Super Bowl on a Saturday? If the NFL/America isnt going to make Super Bowl Monday a national holiday it seems like the only reasonable solution. There is already a two-week break in between the champtionship games and the Super Bowl so why not? I know ratings are high enough, its the fucking Super Bowl after all, but just imagine not having to worry about waking up early the next day to stumble into work knowing that all football is over for the next 6 months.
Every straight male likes thursday night football and thanksgiving football and basically football on any day.
It’s the apocalypse… Nate has to chose between American Idol and NFL.
Reinstate the XFL. Have them play Thursday nights. Goodell loses. Nobody turns on the NFL on Thursday again
what really sucks is they got rid of saturday games for the weeks after college football is over
@taste – they aren’t allowed to play on Friday or Saturday during HS and college seasons
The best thing about this is that means Deion Sander’s revolting presence will not darken the broadcast. At least I friggin’ hope so.
the ratings on friday would be terrible thats why they dont have friday
This is certainly not a goodness gracious great balls of fire flames idea
they gotta get rid of mayock too. It should be a requirement as an announcer that you cant have a lisp. You talk for a living.
Regis and JR calling NFL games would be absurd in the best possible way
Thursday night football is great. What’s better than getting home from work and being able to watch football?
Fuck TNF, fuck MNF, and fuck SNF (except Carrie Underwood, she’s a saint). And fuck the dickbags who are adding more and more TV timeouts to make the games longer.
Not sure why everyone blames Goodell, he works for the owners, blame them.
Well I don’t have a job or a life so excuse me for enjoying 12 bud heavies and Oakland playing Jacksonville on a Thursday night
A nonissue story about how a nonissue is a nonissue. Keep up the good work Nathaniel
Nobody enjoys watching the Redskins, period. Doesn’t matter the day of the week. Redskins fans don’t even like watching the Redskins. And I say this as a Redskins season ticket holder.
The NFL network announcers straight suck let NBC do then all
Let me explain this to you. The NFL is a business and in America we operate under a capitalistic model in which the goal of most if not all businesses is to make money. By moving TNF games to Sunday, they are competing against themselves, hence less revenue. You need to take more trips to Boston to learn how business works from the master Jew.
It will go to a cable network that my provider (Cablevision aka Jim Dolan aka dickhead supreme) will immediately require me to upgrade my service to get. I finally broke down for NFL Network and now they’re de-valuing it. Fuck them all, I’m done.
@spikeowen I don’t care if it’s smart money – Thursday Night football sucks.
They need to go to an 18 week season, each team gets 2 bye’s. 1 is the week before you have to play Thurs game.
Gamblers like TNF.
Thursday Night Football blows. The broadcast sucks, the games suck, there’s no reason to have them. It sucks when your team plays Thursday and then you got nothing to look forward to on Sunday. Roger Goodell is trying to single handedly ruin a good thing with overexposure. Too much is not necessarily a good thing. Don’t need the 18 game schedule, more playoff teams, teams overseas, more games during the week… that shit isn’t and wasn’t needed to make the NFL as popular as it is. If the product on the field was getting better then maybe but the product is getting worse because guys can no longer touch each other without getting a flag.
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