There’s an interesting twist in the bidding for the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” package, according to our friend Claire Atkinson in The New York Post.
Writes Atkinson: “The NFL is talking to networks about buying a stake in its cable channel as part of the bidding for the rights to broadcast ‘Thursday Night Football’ games, The Post has learned.”
The story adds: “The league is shopping an extended 16-game package, along with a stake in the NFL Network, in a potential move that could protect its cable network and score a big payday, sources said.
“The NFL is concerned about the NFL Network’s future in an era in which even Disney’s cable powerhouse ESPN is seeing subscriber declines.”
CBS has been broadcasting the NFL’s Thursday night games this season and last season.
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