Jerry Jones Qualifies Earlier Comments On Thursday NFL Games
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones on Friday issued a statement on whether discussions are occurring to create a Thursday night football doubleheader, saying now that while he is thinking about the idea, there are no active talks within the NFL on moving another Sunday afternoon game to Thursday evening. Jones, who is also chair of the NFL Network committee, on Thursday replied yes to the question of whether a Wall Street Journal report earlier this week that the league is considering such a doubleheader is accurate. He then expounded on the idea.
A Jones statement sent on Friday afternoon from the team characterizes the Thursday plans this way: “The league has not been in discussions about a Thursday night doubleheader package. Those were my thoughts. We are focused on further building Thursday night as a night for NFL football, but it has not involved the concept of a doubleheader package.” Similarly, Eagles President Don Smolenski on CNBC today talked about Thursday being a “destination night for football.” A Cowboys spokesperson said it is Jones’ job as Chair to come up with ideas for the committee, but that the Thursday night doubleheader concept is not at the committee stage.