NFL, Fox Attain Five-year Thursday Night Time Soccer Settlement

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Fox is now the go-to cable vacation spot for NFL video games.

Fox Sports activities and the NFL reached a five-year settlement for the broadcasting rights for Thursday Night time Soccer video games, the league introduced on Wednesday, the primary long-term deal the NFL has struck with a community companion to broadcast the Thursday night time video games.

The Thursday night time package deal was beforehand negotiated yearly.

The deal is value a mean of greater than $660 million per yr, in response to ESPN. Fox at present pays $1.1 billion per yr to broadcast NFC video games on Sundays by means of 2022.

“Soccer is in our blood at Fox and we perceive that nothing beats the NFL in the case of tv that captures folks’s consideration,” mentioned the president of 21st Century Fox, Peter Rice.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell additionally launched a press release on the deal:

“This settlement is the end result of over 10 years of strategic progress round Thursday Night time Soccer, a interval throughout which this property has grown from a handful of late season video games on NFL Community to a full season of video games and one of the well-liked reveals on broadcast tv with extra distribution by way of cable and digital channels,” Goodell mentioned. “As one of many leaders in sports activities tv and a acknowledged innovator of nFL sport broadcasts for a few years, we’re excited to be extending our partnership with Fox Sports activities, considered one of our most trusted and valued companions, to incorporate Thursday Night time Soccer.”

Fox Sports activities can be increasing its digital rights, which incorporates broadcasting video games from cellular gadgets.

Fox will broadcast 11 video games between Week four and Week 15, which can even be simulcast on NFL Community. NBC will proceed to air the season-opening Thursday night time sport and the Thanksgiving night time sport.

NFL Community can even air seven video games completely, which shall be produced by Fox.

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