“Last month, the NFL sold off TV rights to its Thursday night games to CBS and NBC,” Peter Kafka reports for Re/code. “This month, the pro football league intends to sell digital rights to the same games, and it should be nearing a decision shortly on which company will buy them.”

“Up for grabs: The right to stream up to 18 regular-season games,” Kafka reports. “And, in theory, a chance to stand out from a crowd of online video players vying for viewers and advertisers’ attention.”

Kafka reports that Amazon, Facebook, Verizon, and even beleaguered Yahoo are among would-be buyers, but Apple is not: “Apple, which could use something dramatic to set its Apple TV box apart from the competition, has determined that this package isn’t enough to pull that off, and isn’t bidding.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’re sure Apple has plan for Apple TV.

And we hope that anyone under 30 today lives long enough to see it. 😉