Fox Broadcasting scores NFL 'Thursday Night Football' in five-year deal

Fox Reportedly Nearing TV Rights Deal for NFL's Thursday Night Football Games

There will be no games on FS1.

But the new deal could be a big boost to the Fox network, especially since the parent company just sold most of its cable and studio assets to Disney.

It seemed inevitable that CBS and NFL would wash their hands of primetime football, given the sport's growing price tag and lagging ratings over the last two seasons. It now pays $1.1 billion a year to broadcast those games through the 2022 season. But now with Fox in tow, it appears that its "A" team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman won't be calling the package. The 2017-18 FOX NFL regular season came to a close with AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK averaging 22,745,000 viewers which ranks as televisions No. 1 show for the ninth straight year.

Why is Fox interested? The final cost is more than $3 billion for 11 weeks of primetime football games.

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOXs wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.

Thursday night games have been widely criticized for being poorly played because coaching staffs have less time to game-plan and players have less time to recover from the previous Sunday's game.

By no means is this a slam-dunk for Fox.


Both CBS and NBC are said to have lost money on the Thursday games.

As part of the deal, Fox will carry 11 "TNF" games per season.

When NBC muscled its way into TNF in 2016, it utilized Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth despite its efforts to get Mike Tirico involved, though Tirico was featured at times during the 2017 season.

The NFL with Fox will decide on a partner to take on the digital rights to live-stream the games, Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner said on a media call Wednesday morning.

"The whole idea of Thursday Night Football is bad".

CBS and NBC had paid $450 million a year combined for the past two seasons.

The deal is reportedly valued at $660 million annually. Plus, CBS had a much softer starting position than NBC did. "Players are going to see their contract numbers begin to go down". The problem was whether it would come across on film. "Hard to recover in four days". "There was a palpable sense that they were working out their relationship themselves as the conversation went on". It was also their Color Rush game in which they wore striking all-red uniforms for the home contest.

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