14 December 2011

Breaking Down the New NFL TV Contract

The National Football League has just announced a new television contract with its over-the-air partners, CBS, Fox and NBC through the 2022 NFL season. Here are the key details of the new deal, the first without a new TV partner since Fox gained the rights to the NFC in 1993.
Courtesy Fang's Bites
  • CBS, Fox and NBC keep their respective packages, AFC, NFC and Sunday Night Football.
  • Each will get a total of three Super Bowls each, NBC resumes where the rotation under which the current contract ends with Fox and Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • CBS will air the milestone Super Bowl L (50) in 2016.
  • NBC will begin airing the Thanksgiving Night game starting in 2012.
  • NBC gives up its Wild Card Playoff doubleheader in exchange for one Divisional Playoff game.
  • ESPN will most likely receive the Wild Card Playoff game given up by NBC.
  • Flex scheduling expands to allow CBS and Fox to trade games for the 4:15 p.m. national window.
  • Thursday Night Football will expand to additional games, as many as 10-12 games next season.
Where it says that flex scheduling expands to allow CBS and Fox to switch games in the 4:15 window, that was first seen when the NFL flexed the Lions-Saints game to primetime on NBC and then Broncos-Vikings, normally a CBS game due to the Broncos being the road team, was moved to Fox in week 13.
The expansion of the Thursday package would be on NFL Network and NBC getting the primetime Thanksgiving game is likely a trade-off for each other.

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