NFL games heading to Google or Netflix?

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (David Goldman/AP file photo)

NFL players have spoken out against Thursday Night Football games. The league, however, is considering adding even more games to one of television’s most competitive nights, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The report cites a person familiar with the league’s strategy who said the NFL is “disappointed” with its own cable channel, the NFL Network, because of low ratings on Thursday night games.

One of their solutions seems to be adding a second game to create more national attention for doubleheaders.

One of the more interesting aspects of the report is that the league has considered selling the Thursday night games to online sources like Netflix and Google.

This report comes a couple months after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly met with Google executives to discuss the league’s Sunday Ticket package. (The current deal with DirecTV ends after the 2014 season.)

However, The Wall Street Journal's source said the games would likely be sold to one of the national cable sports networks. It is also important to remember this process is still in the preliminary phase.

The league isn't shopping a specific package and no formal offers have been made, according to the source.

If you’re wondering what a second Thursday Night Football game would mean for other networks and scheduling, here is more from the report:

The additional games would be taken from the Sunday afternoon schedule, now shown on CBS and Fox, and wouldn't affect deals the NFL has with NBC and ESPN. The league negotiated in its most recent TV agreements the rights to pull games from the Sunday afternoon schedule and use them to create another package of games.

Read the full report here.

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