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>>

  • Water quality improving around Toledo's water intake

    Water quality improving around Toledo's water intake

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:44:19 GMT
    Finally the heat, humidity, and summer storms are here, and the new turbulent weather pattern is good news. Thursday's harmful algae levels are dropping near Toledo's water intake for now.
    Finally the heat, humidity, and summer storms are here, and the new turbulent weather pattern is good news. Thursday's harmful algae levels are dropping near Toledo's water intake for now.
  • Most Ohio schools saying goodbye to calamity days

    Most Ohio schools saying goodbye to calamity days

    After last year's brutal winter, most Ohio schools are saying goodbye to calamity days and will be changing to an hour-based schedule, similar to schools in Michigan.
  • “Stand Up to Cancer Night” at Sunday’s Mud Hens game

    “Stand Up to Cancer Night” at Sunday’s Mud Hens game

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:56:52 GMT
    You can help fight cancer and cheer on the Mud Hens this weekend. Fifth Third is hosting "Stand Up to Cancer Night" on Sunday The night at the ballpark is part of Fifth Third's ongoing effort to help raise money for cancer research. So far the bank has helped raise more than $2 million for Stand Up to Cancer, a national effort to fight the disease. The bank offers special debit and credit cards that help bring in money for the organization. Through their "Pay to the Order Of" campaign the ...
    You can help fight cancer and cheer on the Mud Hens this weekend. Fifth Third is hosting "Stand Up to Cancer Night" on Sunday The night at the ballpark is part of Fifth Third's ongoing effort to help raise money for cancer research. So far the bank has helped raise more than $2 million for Stand Up to Cancer, a national effort to fight the disease. The bank offers special debit and credit cards that help bring in money for the organization. Through their "Pay to the Order Of" campaign the ...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!