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FOX Closes Deal For Thursday Night Football For All of Fall 2018 *Updated Confirmed*

Thanks to John for the heads up.

Now confirmed.

The deal covers 11 regular-season games between weeks four and 15 (excluding the Thanksgiving night game, which NBC will continue to broadcast).
The NFL and Fox Sports have agreed to a massive five-year deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football beginning with the 2018 season. The agreement encompasses 11 regular-season games between weeks four and 15 (excluding Thanksgiving night, which NBC will continue to broadcast).

The deal also includes all digital rights, which will allow Fox distribute Thursday Night Football and its Sunday afternoon games to Fox subscribers on a variety of platforms, including mobile.

The joint announcement was made by Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner and Peter Rice, President of 21st Century Fox.

The deal means TNF will have one home on broadcast; for the last two seasons CBS and NBC shared the rights — along with the NFL Network. The deal is valued at $550 million annually. Last year, CBS and NBC paid $45 million per game for a deal valued at a combined $450 million for 10 games also simulcast on NFL Network.

21st Century Fox Inc. is close to a deal for the rights to “Thursday Night Football,” according to people familiar with the matter, betting that adding NFL games to its prime-time schedule will boost viewership despite the league’s recent decline in the ratings.

The company submitted a bid that’s higher than the $45 million a game CBS and NBC agreed to pay last year, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The deal hasn’t been finalized and could still fall apart.

Fox’s pursuit of “Thursday Night Football” is a sign of its strategic direction after a planned sale of assets to Walt Disney Co. for $52.4 billion. The Murdoch family, which runs the company, wants to prove to the market that it’s still very interested in sports, the people said.


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