Where there's a will (to make more money, even if it comes at the players' expense), there's a way. At least that's what I thought when I read that the NFL reportedly was considering adding a second Thursday night game.
That came from a Wall Street Journal report, which stated that the NFL was disappointed in the current Thursday night game's ratings and that the belief was that adding a second game would increase national interest altogether.
Here's the problem (or the good news if you're against the idea), though. The NFL said the report isn't true.
From NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy on Wednesday morning:
Wondering where the idea of Thursday night doubleheaders came from? So are we. We have not considered this— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) October 16, 2013
And to further add to that point, here's NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:
Haven't even discussed it. RT @NFLprguy Wondering where idea of Thursday night doubleheader came from? So are we. We haven't considered it.— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) October 16, 2013
As my colleague John Breech wrote:
Google and Netflix could both be potential buyers of a new package, according to the report. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell raised some eyebrows in August when he met with Google CEO Larry Page. Goodell and Page were believed to be discussing the Sunday Ticket package, a package that Directv currently owns the rights too, but Directv's rights expire after the 2014 season.
If the NFL does decide to move forward with the idea of more Thursday night games, it would have to get the approval of the NFLPA first. That might not be so easy considering several players have already gone on the record against having any Thursday night football at all.
San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin would definitely be against more Thursday games, "If you're so concerned about player safety then why do you have every team in the league playing on Thursday night when they just competed on a Sunday, knowing how difficult it is for guys to get back to being healthy after playing on Sunday?" Boldin asked earlier this week.
But it sounds like the possibility of a second Thursday night game isn't happening (at least, for now).
And just in case you were wondering, the NFL also isn't thinking about adding additional games on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday nights.