Thursday Night Football coming to FOX

Thursday Night Football coming to FOX

It will be simultaneously broadcast via NFL Network and will be distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

CBS and NBC each paid $450 million for the previous two-year package.

21st Century Fox Inc. gave a major vote of confidence in the NFL's ability to draw viewers even after two years of ratings slumps, signing an unprecedented five-year contract for the rights to "Thursday Night Football".

"We thought making a long-term commitment was in the best interest of our product and the ownership group", said New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. But the shrinking viewership isn't enough to scare away major networks from gobbling up National Football League broadcasting rights.

"Fundamentally, Fox was built on football", said Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox, nothing that 25 years ago, the NFC package "helped launch a fledgling network into what it is today".

Thursday Night Football offers fans less downtime from week to week in consuming football, though it has come with some criticism. Rights for the upcoming season have not yet been sold. The agreement allows the NFL to further develop digital-distribution models for Thursday Night Football as well as for Fox's Sunday games. Thursday Night Football covets the No. 2 spot in prime time, as well.

Goodell noted that the Thursday night games are a place for innovation. "Hard to recover in four days".

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"The whole idea of Thursday Night Football is awful".

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum holds the Fox NFL silver football after a game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Detroit.

It's lucrative for the league, but players hate Thursday night games, and for good reason. NFL games also make up a disproportionate share of Fox's revenue, he noted, accounting for 40% of gross ratings points, compared with about 12% for CBS and NBC and 15% for ESPN, which carries Monday Night Football.

Kenny Albert/Ronde Barber Kenny Albert was once on the "B" team with Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa, forming the famed "Kenny, Moose, and Goose" show, but he's been on the "C" for the last few seasons.

Yes, New Fox will still get shows from other studios - and maybe it will launch or acquire a new in-house development partner - but on (new) Day 1 it will be no one's first choice of destination.

NFL Network also televise seven games exclusively, fulfilling its agreement with cable and satellite operators.

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