If the NFL has considered selling additional Thursday night games to another media outlet, the league is not acknowledging it.
"Wondering where the idea of Thursday night doubleheaders came from? So are we. We have not considered this," NFl spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday on Twitter. "Haven't even discussed it."
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the NFL is disappointed that the NFL Network game isn't drawing more viewers and it was considering adding a second game for a doubleheader package that might create more interest. The league currently has 13 games on Thursday nights during the regular season.
The NFL has discussed the idea with media entities but hasn't put together a specific package yet, the WSJ reported. There is speculation that Google and Netflix could be among the potential buyers of a new package.
Adding a Thursday night game could be a tough sell with the players, though. San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin already has complained about the weeknight games .
"If you're so concerned about player safety, then why do you have every team in the league playing on Thursday night when they just competed on a Sunday, knowing how difficult it is for guys to get back to being healthy after playing on Sunday?" Boldin said earlier this week.