Thursday Night Football has bounced around TV the last few years. The series of games has a new home on FOX for the next five years.
The agreement awards FOX Sports with a five year deal that includes 11 games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network, and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes. In addition, NFL Network will exclusively televise seven games next season, with FOX producing the full slate of 18 games. As home to the No. 1 NFL package for the past 24 seasons, FOX Sports complements its current Sunday NFC package agreement with the addition of Thursday Night Football.
This landmark announcement allows FOX Sports and the NFL to each expand its digital rights, enabling the network to distribute both Thursday Night Football and its Sunday games to FOX subscribers over a wide array of digital platforms including mobile phones for the first time. The agreement also allows the NFL to further develop digital distribution models for Thursday Night Football as well as FOX’s Sunday games.
The league is looking for an additional partner for the digital rights to Thursday Night Football. Amazon had them this year after Twitter had them the year before.
John Ourland reports CBS and NBC both put in bids for the package, but FOX won out.
So if you like Thursday Night Football, you should be happy to know the series will continue. If you do not like Thursday Night Football, you still probably won’t like it.