Full-Season Thursday Night Package Part of the New CBA

A new 16-game Thursday night TV package beginning in 2012 will be the source of new revenue for the NFL.

It is assumed that all or part of the Thursday night packet may go out to bid to various networks. Currently 8 games have been carried on the NFL Network. In a competitive bidding situation the NFL could realize over $1 billion in TV rights for these games. Recently ESPN paid close to $2 billion for Monday Night Football rights through 2023.

It is unclear whether NFL Network would retain any of the Thursday night games. Having a game on Thursday night for 16 weeks would mean there are NFL games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday, and come December, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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