NFL re-ups lucrative football carriage deals with CBS, NBC, FOX
Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 15-12-2011 America's National Football League has inked nine-year extensions for carriage rights to games with CBS, FOX and NBC, covering the 2014-2021 seasons.
Meanwhile the NFL Network will add to what is currently an eight-game roster for Thursday-night broadcasts.
Despite widespread conjecture over the value of the deals, which the NFL expected to be much larger than their predecessors, financial terms of were undisclosed. Reports are citing the deals to represent a 60% hike however. The industry was concerned what the recent eight-year, $15.2 billion renewal deal with ESPN would mean for the major networks.
The networks will be able to carry three Super Bowls each. CBS will retain most of the rights to American Football Conference games, along with the occasional NFC game. Meanwhile FOX will continue to be the main outlet for National Football Conference contests including Divisional playoffs contests and the NFC Championship Game. It adds postseason rights to Wild Card games.
NBC will retain the nationally-televised Sunday Night Football, outlet and will snag a Thanksgiving night game. When it comes to the playoffs, NBC will now be able to show a Divisional playoff game, not just a Wild Card contest.
CBS, NBC and FOX also all receive TV everywhere rights for digital distribution to tablets, smartphones and the Web. However, the NFL has not yet determined if the broadcasters will be able to stream games live.