Ya...remember a couple years ago when they first started this nonsense and unless you had the NFL network, you werent watching the game? There was so much uproar that it was changed quite quickly if I recall properly.
correct, I believe the Feds even stepped in. Thursday Night Games are required to be on a local tv station of the two teams playing. If you are outside of the market(s) and don't have NFL Network, then you are somewhat out of luck.