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NFL Addresses Thursday Night Football's Future

28 November 2016
NFL Addresses Thursday Night Football's Future

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the league is considering reducing or even eliminating the "Thursday Night Football" package after the broadcast contracts with NBC and CBS expire following the 2017 season.

The statement disputed a previous report which said the league was mulling changes to its Thursday offerings amid sagging ratings.

But according to a Pro Football Talk report, the existence of "Thursday Night Football" soon will be discussed, with the league considering ending the mid-week game that has featured exhausted, woozy players and fans mocking the game itself.

Any changes would have to take effect starting in 2018.

Detractors argue that a weekly Thursday game - along with a full slate of games on Sunday and an additional primetime matchup on Monday night - has "oversaturated" the marketplace.

The NFL is well aware that its Thursday Night Football product has, at times, been of rather questionable quality.

If you're not a fan of the recent oversaturated product of the National Football League, we have some good news for you.

It's also noted that "Thursday Night Football" was originally conceived as a plan to provide exclusive content for NFL Network, thus allowing them to charge higher fees to providers.

The league realizes that, with every team playing once on a short week each season, numerous Thursday games necessarily will have reduced appeal.