The National Football League (NFL) has agreed long-term broadcast rights agreements with domestic partners CBS, ESPN/ABC, Fox, NBC and Amazon.
The deals are set to run for 11 seasons, from 2023 until 2033 and are reported to be worth around a total of US$105 billion.
CBS will continue broadcasting the American Football Conference (AFC) after retaining the package of Sunday afternoon games. All games are to be shown on the CBS Television Network and streamed live on Paramount+, the broadcaster’s new streaming service.
ESPN has acquired Monday Night Football rights, while its sister network ABC will show two Super Bowls and exclusive regular season games. Subscribers to ESPN+, will be able to stream one International Series game on an exclusive basis every season.
Fox agreed to continue producing the National Football Conference (NFC) package of Sunday afternoon games. Additionally, it has expanded its digital rights and will show NFL programming on its own streaming platform Tubi.
NBC Sports will carry on producing Sunday Night Football and simulcast games on its streaming service Peacock, which will also televise a select number of NFL games over the course of the agreement.
The Amazon Prime Video service has secured the NFL's first ever all-digital package, where it will become the home of Thursday Night Football exclusively.
The NFL Network will continue to televise select, exclusive games on a yearly basis.
"These new media deals will provide our fans even greater access to the games they love,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“We're proud to grow our partnerships with the most innovative media companies in the market. Along with our recently completed labor agreement with the NFLPA, these distribution agreements bring an unprecedented era of stability to the league and will permit us to continue to grow and improve our game.”
According to reports, CBS, ESPN/ABC, Fox and NBC will pay a combined US$89.5 billion as part of the deal.
The new broadcasting package affirms that the NFL is the most lucrative sports league in the world, following the deals value and through the details that every regular season and play-off game will aired live until 2033.
Author: Jake Wilkin