NFL Network looking to sell Thursday night games to highest bidder

NFL Network shopping Thursday night games to other cable channels that you don't get

1/13/14 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - NFL Network looking to sell Thursday night games to highest bidderIf you don't like those Thursday night games on the NFL Network because the product is watered-down and the game is on a second-tier cable network, get ready ready for the games to be even more watered-down and the networks to be even lower-tier. The NFL is officially shopping the Thursday Night Football package, and Thursday Night Football games could begin airing on another network as early as the arrival of the 2014 NFL regular season this September.

Fans will be none too pleased to know that some of the networks in the bidding are channels that many of you do not get. While the Turner Network channels like TNT and TBS are in the running, the candidates for Thursday Night Football also include barely-subscribed-to upstarts like FOX Sports 1 and the NBC Sports Network.

The Sports Business Journal's Ken Ourand reports that the NFL is trying to sell off some Thursday night games. "NFL is shopping a 1-year Thursday night deal to broadcast networks starting in September," Orand wrote on Twitter. "It could include ESPN, Turner, NBCSN or CBSSN," he additionally tweeted.

Blog Photo - NFL Network looking to sell Thursday night games to highest bidderMr, Ourand's report appears to be correct. On Sunday, league spokesman Brian McCarthy pretty much confirmed it. "NFL Network has done a tremendous job building Thursday night and will retain games," he told the Associated Press. "But we are in discussions to air a part of the package with existing and potentially new broadcast and cable partners."

The NFL Network is unlikely to sell all of the Thursday Night games, but instead will probably sell around half of them. CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora estimates that the NFL will ask about $800 million for the partial slate of Thursday night games.

Which means someone will offer around $1.5 billion for them.

Despite blockbuster rumors from months past, it does not appear Google or Netflix will be offered  streaming rights to any games as a part of this package.

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1/14/14   |   autumnorangeflyers   |   215 respect

Sell it too Showtime....