Fox Poised to Win Rights to NFL Thursday Night Package

Thursday Night Football is likely heading to Fox in 2018. More

TV executives, including Fox Chief Executive Officer James Murdoch, have blamed the Thursday game for declines in viewership over the past couple seasons, arguing the market has become saturated, with other matchups airing on Sunday and Monday.

The NFL and Fox Sports have agreed to a five-year deal to broadcast "Thursday Night Football", according to a joint press release sent out by the network and league on Wednesday. The games also will be seen on NFL Network, as in the past, and the cable network exclusively will televise the seven Thursday night games that Fox doesn't.

Last year, CBS and NBC paid a combined $450 million to air 10 games, both were interested in retaining the rights but not willing to get into a bidding war. The broadcasting team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will likely not be returning to commentate on Thursday Night Football games, though nothing is set in stone at the moment.

Although Thursday Night Football is valuable, the games remain controversial. The NFL subsequently split the games between CBS and NBC, in a deal that played havoc with both networks' fall schedules and gave NBC more leverage in commanding higher ad prices, because its games aired closer to the holiday season.




Fox will replace CBS and NBC as the TNF broadcaster in the five-year deal.

"Football is in our blood at Fox and we understand that nothing beats the NFL when it comes to television that captures people's attention and defines American culture", said Peter Rice, President of 21st Century Fox. The deal signals a renewed commitment toward the value of sports rights for Fox, as the company looks to venture forward focused on the Fox broadcast network and Fox Sports and News channels, which are not covered in the Disney deal. Twitter and Amazon have each previously streamed Thursday games. Fox would keep its Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports and FS1 cable network, leaving it more reliant on live sports broadcasts to draw audiences.

Don't try telling TV executives that the National Football League is waning in popularity.

The Thursday-night games have sparked debate.

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