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Sources: NFL Wants Winner Of Thursday Package To Simulcast Games On NFL Network
Published January 16, 2014
BETTER GAMES NEEDED: In L.A., Joe Flint writes if the NFL "does go forward and get a new TV partner, it will have to put more enticing games on Thursday night than what it has offered the NFL Network." Not only are there "concerns about the quality of play on Thursday." But since the NFL "has said every team ideally will only play once on Thursday, coming up with compelling matches has also been a challenge and the ratings have often reflected that." At the same time, the league "has to be careful that it doesn't deprive Fox, CBS and NBC -- its biggest customers -- of too many big ticket games or there could be blowback" (L.A. TIMES, 1/16).