Thursday Night Football Schedule 2016

Thursday Night Football: CBS and NBC to Share 10-Game Fall Package

Roger Goodell’s name may be landing on Red Reddington’s Blacklist.

As rumored last month, the NFL next season will split up its Thursday Night Football package between two broadcast networks — CBS and NBC (which already is home to Sunday Night Football), Bloomberg Business reports.

Whereas last season’s eight-game Thursday Night Football package on CBS fetched the NFL $300 million in rights fees, the two five-game packages reportedly are going for $225 million each, per the Wall Street Journal. Which is preci$ely why the NFL changed thing$ up.

As in the past, the NFL Network will also simulcast the CBS and NBC games, as well as broadcast eight other match-ups exclusively.

One potentially intrusive tweak to the TNF plan that apparently did not materialize: CBS and NBC will not be forced to alternate broadcasting games. Instead, CBS will televise the first half of the broadcasters’ 10-game slate, NBC the second half.


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  1. GeoDiva says:

    I love football, but the Thursday night games are the worse.

  2. Luis says:

    NFL, constantly f-ing up people’s lives, all for $$

  3. Mary says:

    Doesn’t matter what network broadcast the game I am ABC all the way on Thursday night.

  4. Hipper says:

    If networks are willing to dish out that kind of cash, it won’t be long until the NFL schedules some Friday night games as well.

  5. Boiler says:

    And networks kiss NFL’s butt again. The players hate Thursday games but does the NFL care. Of course not

    • David4 says:

      The players are getting paid are they not? Then I see no problem with them doing their job on a Thursday. I work weekends I don’t want to.

      • c-mo says:

        I’m hazarding a guess that your body doesn’t take the kind of physical or mental beating that an NFLer’s does. They hate Thursday games because it’s really tough to play on Sunday and then again, basically 2 days later. Most teams don’t practice on Monday and they can’t have a real practice on game day so they have to rely on book learning rather than muscle learning which is difficult when you have to react so quickly. I’m not fond of Thursday night games because they’re boring!

      • Boiler says:

        Thanks for the voice of reason c-mo. NFL players say they value players safety but this stuff proves otherwise

  6. HAP says:

    Viewers of NBC entertainment shows now face a five week hiatus in their shows such as the Blacklist. CBS got the better end of the deal.

    • johnhelvete says:

      According to a tweet from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Nov 17 is the start date for the NFL on NBC. That would not make that much of a change from this season where The Blacklist aired on Nov. 19 and than was off until Jan. 7.

  7. c-mo says:

    Lamar Hunt’s dream of having a Thanksgiving night game that rotates amongst all teams, except the Lions and Cowboys, has been twisted into a weekly plot to wrestle more money from unsuspecting souls into the coffers of the NFL. I’m all for Sunday Night and Monday Night football, but Thursday Night can go away, except for that one Thursday night in November. I promise not to watch these games on CBS, NBC or the NFL Network. Anyone with me?

  8. Jim J. says:

    As somebody who has never watched “Thursday Night Football” when it aired on CBS. CBS broadcasting just five “TNF” games instead of eight will likely mean less damage to the network’s comedy division and Thursday primetime lineup. I think this is good news (for CBS, anyway). NBC, however, will be getting the short end of the stick, with “The Blacklist” airing on that night.

  9. Mr. Tran K says:

    Would be great to see CBS and NBC share Thursday Night Football together come Fall 2016. Have a feeling NBC still got Sunday Night Football to deal with and as Carrie Underwood would say: THE NFL ROCKS ON NBC.

  10. Joey says:

    Sucks for NBC. I imagine they’ll just fill the weeks before their Thursday night games begin with reality programming and news magazines. It’ll be interesting to see how they shake-up their Thursday night schedule now, since I doubt they’d be willing to hold most of their shows til after the holidays.