The NFL will see the rights fee jump from $300 million to $450 million as each network will pay $225 for their five games. Also, do note that the over-the-top rights have not been sold, meaning the NFL could rake in even more green when it is all said and done.
CBS will take the first half of the schedule while NBC's schedule will start on November 17th. NBC's schedule do not include the season opener and the Thanksgiving nightcap as those are considered part of the Sunday Night football package. CBS and NBC will produce their slate of games with their top broadcasting crews (meaning Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will continue on these games, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth adding Thursday night to their schedules).
Given how far network television ratings have fallen over the years, it's not surprising that the networks wanted in on some primetime football which, even despite the mediocre quality of play on Thursdays, rates pretty well. Now CBS gets a small decrease in their rights fees for three fewer games while NBC gets a taste of the action as well as they want to boost their ad sales during the Christmas season. The NFL gets more television money and we all know how important that is to the league. So in the end, it seems like a win-win for everybody.