NFL on Netflix? League Exploring Options After NFL Network Underperforms

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 16, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NFL games could be on Netflix in the future as the league explores options to expand its online presence. 

The league is disappointed that NFL Network, its own cable channel, hasn’t attracted more viewers for the 13 Thursday night games it airs each season, a person familiar with the league’s strategy told the Wall Street Journal.

There are several options on the table, including adding a second game to create double-headers each Thursday.

Another option has the NFL selling the games to another network or company to air, and the person said that officials have considered selling the games to online companies such as Netflix or Google.

Netflix has become increasingly popular and has started to produce its own television shows, including a new season of “Arrested Development.” The NFL venture, if it came through, would add to its brand. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.