Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/16/13
Anquan Boldin and those who agree with him aren’t going to be happy. According to Matthew Futterman and Shalini Ramachandran of the Wall Street Journal the NFL is considering adding more Thursday night games to its current slate of 13 televised by NFL Network. Per the report the league could stage some Thursday night doubleheaders with games being televised on networks other than the league-owned broadcast operation. The NFL reportedly is disappointed that the present approach which expanded last year to cover most Thursdays hasn’t generated more interest. In addition to additional Thursday night games some of the games currently televised by NFL Network could be sold to other networks. While the first Thursday night of the season is an obvious spot for a second game it would be hard to sell more short-week games once the season has begun. From the 13 Thursday night games on NFL Network to the three Thanksgiving games on CBS FOX and NBC each of the 32 teams plays one game on a Thursday after playing on a Sunday. For competitive reasons it could be unfair to compel some teams to play a second short-week game. Also the NFLPA would have to agree to more Thursday night games. With player health and safety now receiving so much attention it could be hard to sell the players on additional Thursday night games.
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