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Will the NFL Add a Second Game Thursday Night?
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Washington, D.C. (October 17, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q.  I read that the National Football League is planning a TV doubleheader on Thursday night for next season? Sounds too good to be true. Is it true? -- Dana, Washington, D.C.

Dana, you know what they say about things being too good to be true?  That's right. They're not true. But there is reason why people are speculating that the NFL will permit the telecast of two games on Thursday nights next season.

As you know, the NFL Network now broadcasts a Thursday night game each week during the regular season. But the Wall Street Journal reported this week that the league is not satisfied with the game's ratings and is contemplating a second game to boost interest.

Brian McCarthy, the veteran spokesman for the NFL, quickly tweeted that the report is without substance.

"Wondering where the idea of NFL doubleheaders came from? So are we. We have not considered this," McCarthy tweeted yesterday.

The WSJ article suggested the second game would come from Sunday's schedule, which of course might upset Fox and CBS which now has the exclusive rights to Sunday afternoon broadcasts.

The report stirred even more interest because it said Netflix and Google could be involved in airing the second Thursday night game. But for now at least, it's not happening, at least according to league officials.

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