NFL expands Thursday night games

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will expand Thursday night games so all teams get a prime time game during the 2012 season.

The announcement came at Goodell’s “State of the NFL” news conference held Friday, February 3, 2012.

The Thursday night games will continue to only be available on the NFL Network.  They’ll start the second week of the season and run each Thursday through week 15.

In addition to ensuring each team at least one prime-time TV game, the expansion means every team will play one Thursday following a Sunday game.

The Thursday night games will add to the league’s current prime-time offerings on Sunday and Monday nights.

“We think that’s great for the fans and that’s great for the network,” Goodell said.

Some fans point out conflicts with Thursday night college football games before Thanksgiving.

The move does not mean there will be an expansion to the overall schedule.  Goodell said expanding the regular season schedule was something that would have to be evaluated later.

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