NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual state of the NFL news conference today, and he had several important announcements to make. The first of which being that Thursday night football games on the NFL Network. Goodell said that NFL Network will expand its current eight-game “Thursday Night Football” package, which will now be starting in Week 2 and running through Week 15.
We’re going to be playing Thursday night games from Week 2 to Week 15. The market for NFL Network is here, and it’s going to continue to grow.
This ensures that the Bengals will play in at least one regular-season primetime game next season. Goodell also discussed the NFL Blackout Policy, which lead to nearly every Bengals home game being blacked out last year:
We want our stadiums full and we want to remain on free television. It has to be balanced with driving people to your stadiums. The policy has served us well over the past four decades and it is a balanced approach. We will continue to go through the FCC process if they continue.
In other words, if owners aren’t selling out stadiums and bringing in all the money that comes with it, then the NFL isn’t going to let you watch your team on TV. Its sad to see that fans can no longer enjoy their favorite teams if they’re struggling to sell out in these tough economic times. Many people simply don’t have the time or money to afford an NFL ticket.