April 13, 2021

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NFL Announces New Media Distribution Agreements

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The NFL has announced new media distribution agreements that will affect game broadcasts for more than a decade. The agreements include deals with four major networks and a wide variety of streaming platforms.

For over-the-air/basic cable TV-watchers, little will change. CBS will still carry Sunday afternoon AFC games, FOX will carry Sunday afternoon NFC games, NBC will still carry Sunday Night Football, and ESPN will still carry Monday Night Football. The biggest change is that Thursday Night Football will now be exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Select games will also be available on a variety of streaming services, including Paramount+, ESPN+, Tubi, and Peacock. The announcement also says that more games may be flexed to Sunday Night Football, and even from Sunday afternoons to Monday nights. ABC has also acquired the rights to a pair of Super Bowls.

The NFL’s announcement makes no mention of the Sunday Ticket package, but it is widely believed that this service will be moving from DirecTV to ESPN+. All of these changes will begin in 2023.

Sports Business Journal reports that the new deals are worth roughly $10 billion per year.

https://www.footballoutsiders.com/extra-points/2021/nfl-announces-new-media-distribution-agreements