NFL has agreed a two-year deal with CBS and NBC to telecast Thursday Night Football from next season. Previously, it was CBS who broadcast games in partnership with the NFL network for the past two seasons.
The deal is worth $450 million for 10 games which will be equally shared between CBS and NBC, according to The Associated Press.
CBS shelled out $300 million for eight games in 2015. The new contracts will see the number of games increase by two for the traditional broadcast on TV. The games will also be simulcast on the NFL Network.
“We are continuing to make Thursday Night Football bigger and better. CBS has played an integral role over the last two seasons in helping build Thursdays a night for NFL football, and we are excited to have them on board again. At the same time, we’re thrilled to add NBC to the Thursday Night Football mix.” Commissioner Roger Goodell said, via the league’s official website, nfl.com.
The NFL network will broadcast eight games exclusively including late-season Saturday match-ups and other pre-determined games. It is believed that the league is also having meetings with separate digital streaming companies regarding a deal which will be announced soon.
The Thursday Night Football was started by NFL in 2006 on the NFL network. It started with eight games and then grew to 13 by 2012. In 2014, the league formed a partnership with CBS for 16 games of which half was to be simulcast on CBS and NFL network while the other half exclusively on the NFL network.
According to the new deal, CBS will telecast the first half of the season while NBC will telecast the second half. Both the networks will make use of their high-end broadcasting teams and will contribute to the telecast of NFL Network-only games.
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