NFL looking to sell TV package of Thursday games - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

NFL looking to sell TV package of Thursday games

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is talking to television networks about selling a package of Thursday night games.

"NFL Network has done a tremendous job building Thursday night and will retain games, but we are in discussions to air a part of the package with existing and potentially new broadcast and cable partners," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Sunday.

NFL Network began airing an eight-game package in 2006, which increased to 13 in 2012. The league could sell some of those games to an outside network, starting as soon as next season.

As the NFL keeps drawing monster TV ratings, any additional games are hugely appealing to networks. The competition for a potential package is even greater with the recent addition of cable channel Fox Sports 1 and NBC's attempts to grow NBCSN. Turner Sports also could be among the potential suitors.

While the viewership for Thursday night games has been significantly lower than for other packages, live sports are increasingly valuable in an age of DVRs and splintered audiences - and none more so than the NFL. The Thursday night games averaged 8 million viewers on NFL Network this past season, the day's most-watched program on cable TV each week.

"We want to accelerate the growth, quality and promotion of Thursday night NFL football," McCarthy said. "Bringing on a partner can help us accelerate our success across all the games."

The news was first reported by SportsBusiness Daily.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Breaking News

    Update: Two bodies found, two still missing

    Officials find boat capsized, boaters still missing

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:59:18 GMT
    The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boat with at least three people on board.Officials say they received a report of a 21-foot bath boat that hadn't returned when it was expected.They say the boaters
    Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirms they have located the missing fishing boat, partially submerged, near Toussaint Reef. Two bodies have been found.
  • Bomb hoax won’t discourage local marathon runners

    Bomb hoax won’t discourage local marathon runners

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:10:37 GMT
    Boston police have stepped up patrols near the marathon finish line on Wednesday following a bomb hoax. Kevin Edson is facing several charges. He is accused of placing a backpack near the finish line
    "I'm not afraid to go," says Cathy Meier of Findlay. "It never once occurred to me to be afraid to go."
  • Pope Francis: Not one step back when it comes to clerical sexual abuse

    Pope Francis: Not one step back

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:01:20 GMT
    Pope Francis has asked for the public's forgiveness for priests who have sexually abused children. Francis made the statement to a Catholic children's organization at the Vatican on Friday. "I feel compelled
    Pope Francis has asked for the public's forgiveness for priests who have sexually abused children.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!