Thursday Night Football Schedule 2016

Thursday Football May Be Shared This Fall by CBS/NBC, on Wild Schedule

The NFL has balls, and they’re at a full 13 psi.

Believing — and likely correctly so — that it can make considerably more money by licensing out two Thursday Night Football packages of five games each versus one eight-game package (as it has done with CBS), the NFL is aiming to find two broadcasters to share the midweek package with the NFL Network next season, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NBC is angling to be that second broadcast partner alongside CBS, though Fox is said to be in the (distant) running as well.

But that’s not the wildest part. Far from it.

The Journal also hears that as a means to land the best Thursday-night match-ups on the NFL Network only, the NFL wants to “bounce the games back and forth” between its broadcaster partners and its self-owned cable outlet — effectively deflating the networks’ ability to easily promote their Thursday programming, be it scripted or football. (For the past two falls, CBS has aired most of its Thursday Night Football games all in a row, allowing it to promote a “delayed” premiere for Thursday originals.)

I again direct you to the WSJ, where the dollar figures at play here are detailed —both justifying the NFL’s money grab and illustrating how hugely valuable football ratings must be to the CBSes of the world, that they’d even consider such a deal.

What do you think of the NFL’s new demands? Out of bounds?

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    It would be crazy if CBS and NBC are going to share Thursday Night Football this upcoming Fall. How would Fox be in the running as well?

    • David4 says:

      Fox has baseball so that would be interesting.

      I don’t really care, it seems to me NFL knows they can do whatever they want and will screw over both NBS and CBS with some crazy scheduling.

      • Eric says:

        The bouncing of games between the networks seems like dumb move on the NFL’s part. I doubt it’d make the two networks happy and I could easily see them just leaving instead of dealing with the scheduling nightmares that would cause.

        • johnhelvete says:

          The networks seem desperate to have anything in primetime that pulls live viewers, doubt that all of the big 4 would walk away from having the NFL on Thursday. Even if they did there is always ESPN, FS1 or NBC Sports.

  2. kitsunesaru says:

    This sounds terrible and I like football. Rather deal with delayed shows than switching back and forth and shows all over the place.

  3. Ashley says:

    Love football and the New Orleans Saints, hate the NFL.

  4. John NYC says:

    That they’d even consider it shows how desperate they are for those live sports viewing eyeballs to sell.


  5. Jim J. says:

    I think “Thursday Night Football” has really damaged CBS’s comedy division. The comedy hours on the network were reduced from four to three in 2014-15, and then three to two in 2015-16, and I still do not know the reason for this comedy-hour reduction. Plus, the ratings or CBS’s sitcoms are even lower this year, and now one of them (“Mike & Molly”) has already been cancelled. I have not watched “TNF” at all for that reason. A third year of “TNF” will kill the CBS comedy schedule.

  6. Boiler says:

    So 2 major networks are going to screw up their Thursday prime time. No wonder Shonda land does so well. And the players absolutely hate Thursday games but when has the NFL cared about them??

  7. Susan says:

    I hate the way Football screws up the primetime shows as it is, no matter what night it’s on. This sounds like a total nightmare and will cause a lot more problems than it already does.

  8. BG says:

    As long as that means less Phil Simms, I’m for it !