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Report: NFL seeks Thursday TV partner

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 13 2014 09:18:55 AM CST
NFL logo sign outside football stadium

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Thursday night NFL games might no longer run exclusively on NFL Network next season.

According to Sports Business Journal's John Ourand, the league is shopping the Thursday night broadcasts, which could be shared with NFL Network. Potential target partners include the league's current TV partners as well as other cable television networks.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that the NFL is seeking approximately $800 million for the Thursday package, and that bidders include FOX, Turner and possibly NBC Sports Network.

In October, the NFL denied a Wall Street Journal report that it was considering adding Thursday doubleheaders into the schedule. The league currently has 13 games on Thursday nights during the regular season, and the Wall Street Journal reported that the ratings for the games on NFL Network were disappointing.

The idea of adding Thursday games drew opposition from a number of players, including San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

"If you're so concerned about player safety, then why do you have every team in the league playing on Thursday night when they just competed on a Sunday, knowing how difficult it is for guys to get back to being healthy after playing on Sunday?" Boldin said in October.

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