Amazon Prime Video will become the exclusive home of the NFL Thursday Night Football package a year ahead of schedule.
Amazon and the League announced Monday that Prime Video will take over the entire package in 2022, making it an 11-season deal until 2032. It was originally supposed to start in 2023 when the new media rights deals of the league will go into effect.
This is the first time that a streaming service has had full rights to an NFL package.
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“This fast-track deal is an immediate differentiator for us as a service, as it gives Prime members exclusive access to the most popular sport in the United States,” said Marie Donoghue, Amazon vice president for sports video world, in a press release.
Prime Video will feature 15 regular season games on Thursday night as well as a pre-season game. The games will be available on stations in the participating teams’ markets, which is the same practice when they are on ESPN and NFL Network.
NBC has the season opener and also on Thanksgiving night, and there is no Thursday night game in the last week of the program.
Amazon has partnered with the league to broadcast 11 Thursday night games since 2017, but it will take over the entire package from Fox, which has had it since 2018. Amazon broadcast a Week 16 game on Saturday between the 49ers and Cardinals last year. by approximately 11.2 million total viewers and had an average minute audience of 4.8 million. It was the largest audience to broadcast an NFL game.
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Fox and NFL Network will broadcast “Thursday Night Football” this season. The league will announce the schedule on May 12.
NFL Network, which has been hosting games since 2006, will have seven more regular season games, most likely late in the season on Saturday.
Amazon’s $ 13.2 billion deal with the league is among the $ 113 billion that will be awarded to the NFL under new rights deals negotiated in March. This is an 80% increase over current agreements.