Lions Hold On Thanksgiving Day Could Come To An End

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day game is safe, at least for 2009. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says that could change.

During a news conference Friday, Goodell said owners will discuss having other teams host Thanksgiving Day games "as we get later into the year."

The Lions have hosted Thanksgiving Day games since 1934, but the
club fought off a resolution to rotate the game among NFL teams in
1999.

Goodell also says the NFL won't change its television blackout policy despite economic troubles nationwide and in cities like Detroit. Five of the Lions' last six home games in 2008 weren't televised locally because Ford Field didn't sell out.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-01-30-09 1859EST


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