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NBC and CBS Set to Share Thursday Night Football Broadcasts in New NFL Deal
According to reports, the NFL has come to an agreement on a $450-million deal with CBS and NBC to broadcast Thursday Night Football contests for the 2016 NFL season.
The NFL’s deal with CBS last season was reportedly worth $300-million for 8 games. As for the new deal, it states that CBS and NBC will each get 5 Thursday night games, with the NFL Network having an exclusive 8-game package that accounts for the remaining Thursday night contests not being broadcast by CBS or NBC, along with some late-season Saturday night games.
Commissioner Roger Goodell released the following statement regarding the deal:
“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 as a night for NFL football, and we’re excited to have them on board again,” said Commissioner Goodell. “At the same time, we’re thrilled to add NBC to the Thursday Night Football mix, a trusted partner with a proven track record of success broadcasting NFL football in primetime, and look forward to expanding with a digital partner for what will be a unique tri-cast on broadcast, cable, and digital platforms.”
The Monday Night Football commentating duo of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are expected to call NBC’s Thursday night games as well. The deal is said to be two years in length, expiring after the 2017 season.
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