NFL is shopping 1-year deal to air Thursday night games

By Ryan Wilson |

Thursday night football could be expanding to other networks. (USATSI)
Thursday night football could be expanding to other networks in 2014. (USATSI)

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The NFL is shopping a one-year Thursday night deal to other networks to broadcast games starting in September 2014, according to Sports Business Journal's John Ourand, who adds that the package would share the Thursday night games with NFL Network.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora hears that the league is looking for roughly $800 million, and the NFL Network would like to be able to keep late regular-season games leading up to the playoffs, but chances are that the network that lands the deal will want those games.

More from La Canfora: "This has always been the plan -- to use the full-season package to get higher carriage fees and get on Time Warner Cable, then sell off half the package."

Prime bidders include: FOX, Turner and possibly NBC Sports Network.

Back in October, days after Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones hinted that the NFL was considering Thursday doubleheaders, La Canfora noted that selling part of the broadcast rights would be "[O]ne way to get the salary cap up. Because the salary cap hasn't really moved since 2009, and this new TV money from the existing contracts probably won't start kicking in until 2015."

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