Leave it to Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. Apparently, he did not get the memo from the National Football League headquarters about the denials over adding games to Thursday Night Football. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL was considering the creation of a Thursday night doubleheader as a way to increase interest in the package and raise viewership for NFL Network.
However, as quickly as the story was gaining momentum, the NFL quickly shot down any speculation saying the league had not thought about expanding the Thursday night series. But as soon as those denials had been issued, in came Jerry Jones saying in an interview on Wednesday that the league had indeed been exploring options for a Thursday night double dip.
“We could easily have a doubleheader on Thursday. I don’t think that is out of the realm of thought, we haven’t set up how we will do it.”
And before you dismiss Jones' comments, consider the fact that he chairs the NFL Network Committee so he would absolutely know what he's talking about. Jones says the doubleheader could air on NFL Network or the league could sell the second game to another entity say a cable sports network or even an online provider.
The NFL cannot be happy over Jones contradicting the official line, but then again, Jones has not been afraid to go against the league on various issues. No denials over this latest development. At least not yet.
Given the rather hackneyed, poorly thought out and often greed-oriented things we've seen from the front office of the NFL in recent years, I wonder if Jones has had a little too much influence on the folks up there in recent years.
NFL Network needs to rethink Thursday Night Football, anyways. The 4 day turnaround has resulted in very poor games overall. While I don't think they'll do away with TNF, I think they would be better served to have the two teams playing the TNF game come in off of their bye week. That way, the players are fresh, and the coaches can "coach them up" for their opponents, versus this no practice/some players miss due to injuries the Sunday prior.