Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones told Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Daily that the NFL is discussing playing two games on Thursday nights. Jones' quote appears to contradict statements from NFL Public Relations executives on Tuesday denying a Wall Street Journal report.
Jones also serves as chairman of the NFL Network Committee. The NFL Network could use a Thursday doubleheader as a package for attracting more viewers and enhancing its status with cable and satellite providers.
From SportsBusiness Daily:
[Jones] replied affirmatively to a question about whether the NFL was discussing the doubleheader concept.
He said, “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.” All options are open, he said, when asked if a second Thursday night game would also air on NFL Network or elsewhere.
On Wednesday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy denied the Journal's story, saying the league had not considered expanding to two games on Thursday nights.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello echoed McCarthy's denial, saying the league had not even discussed it.