Fox Sports Closes 5-Year Deal with NFL

Posted February 02, 2018

The agreement gives FOX 11 games each season between weeks 4 and 15 (excluding Thanksgiving night).

Davis and Quinn are another college football team that could come over to call the NFL.

"In that hypothetical kind of a scenario, the World Series game would stay on Fox and our Thursday night game would become an FS1/NFL Network simulcast", Fox spokesman Eddie Motl said.

After all, there's a problem with "TNF" that Fox will have to fix: The games have been lousy.

Of course, another consideration beyond the actual price paid for Thursday Night Football is how much the programming is worth to Fox as compared to other networks. The deal is valued at $550 million annually. "As long as fans are tuning in and advertisers are paying to be featured on 'Thursday Night Football, ' it's not going anywhere". For NBC, it's Al Michaels (or Mike Tirico) and Cris Collinsworth.

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On Wednesday, the NFL announced it has reached an agreement with FOX Sports to broadcast the next five seasons of "Thursday Night Football".

"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". While NFL is still the biggest draw on television, the audience has dropped 13% for regular season games and between 12-20% for playoff games. But in results the league revealed, Thursday Night Football had a higher injury rate (6.9 injuries per game to 6.3) for the 2017 season. When CBS first got the rights in 2014, the National Football League required that the package be called by the network's "A" announcing team, so Jim Nantz and Phil Simms got the gig and pulled double duty on both the Sunday afternoon AFC package and TNF.

NFL Network will also air seven games exclusively, which will be produced by Fox.

The NFL's television ratings this year were down around nine percent compared to 2016, which itself saw a decline from the year before. A typical game was watched by 14.9 million viewers, or 1.6 million fewer people this season as compared to last season (16.5 million). Those will continue to air on NBC as part of the Sunday Night Football package.

Regardless the ramifications for Fox's live sports content budget and Thursday night ratings, the network seems exceedingly pleased to be in deeper with the NFL.