CBS and NBC’s run of broadcasting Thursday Night Football games is over, as Fox Sports has landed rights to the NFL’s Thursday night package for the next five years.
The agreement encompasses 11 regular-season games between weeks four and 15 (excluding Thanksgiving night, which NBC will continue to broadcast).
Fox will produce 18 games in total, seven of which will be broadcast solely on NFL Network. Fox will gain some rights to distribute both its Thursday and Sunday games to Fox subscribers over mobile phones and other digital outlets, but the NFL retains rights to find a digital partner to livestream the Thursday games. The league expects to name one over the course of the next few weeks.
Fox will pay more than $3 billion, according to sources, which puts the deal in the $650 million-per-season neighborhood. Fox will shell out roughly $60 million a game, up from the $45 million a game CBS and NBC were paying.