Thursday Night Games a Thorn for NFL

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On November 8th, the NFL Network had 5.2 million viewers watch the Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars game. To put that in contrast, 16.9 million viewers watched The Big Bang Theory on CBS. Sunday Night Football on NBC regularly sees ratings of many multiples of the Colts and Jaguars game. However, questionable ratings are only part of the NFL’s growing Thursday dilemma. Competitive and logistical issues are starting to affect the participants.

Thursday night NFL games have been part of the NFL schedule since 1986, if you do not include the traditional Thanksgiving Day games, which started with the beginning of the NFL in 1920. For years, starting in 1978, ABC carried one to three games a year, some as replacements for games pre-empted by the World Series...

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