[Kansas City.com] Speculation was swirling that the Chiefs could play host to the first Thanksgiving night game that will be part of the new NFL television package this season.
The NFL Network, as part of a new six-year contract, will air the third game of a Thanksgiving Day tripleheader that will follow the traditional games at Detroit and Dallas.
Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt has long advocated that the league rotate at least one of the Thanksgiving Day games among the other teams because the Lions and Cowboys enjoy a competitive advantage by playing a home game in a short week and then having an extra two days to prepare for their next game.
There’s some sentiment among the league’s television committee to award Kansas City a Thanksgiving Day game in deference to Hunt’s longtime pursuit of rotating it. The NFL Network will televise four other Thursday night games during the second half of the season.