Fox Poised to Win Rights to NFL Thursday Night Package

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Fox just landed the NFL's "Thursday Night Football" package in a five-year, $550 million deal that begins next season.

Case in point, Thursday Night Football is leaving CBS for FOX according to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily.

During the 2014 and '15 season, CBS paid $37.5 million per game, and NBC linked up with CBS the last two seasons at $45 million per contest.

The deal, which kicks off with the 2018 season, includes 11 games between weeks 4 and 15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on Fox.

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

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21st Century Fox has reason to try to capture the games. "We had tremendous amount of interest from all the broadcast partners, all of whom wanted it exclusively".

The NFL and Fox Sports released a joint news release announcing the deal on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The company has proposed to sell the bulk of its assets - including its various TV production studios - to Walt Disney a deal valued at $52.4 billion. According to the Bloomberg scribes, Fox ranks last among the broadcast networks in total audience and is tied for second among viewers 18 to 49. Furthermore, NBC's Sunday Night Football was #1 in primetime this fall for the seventh consecutive year.

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum holds the Fox NFL silver football after a game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Detroit. The deal also allows Fox to stream its Thursday night and Sunday afternoon games on its digital platforms including mobile. Although ratings for Thursday games were down in 2017, "TNF" still had better numbers by a wide margin than any non-sports programming on either network. Will they get better games or get rid of those disgusting color rush uniforms?

Executives at Fox and the National Football League declined to comment on financial terms of the deal in a call Wednesday. "You either have the rights to the most-watched content in media or you don't".

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