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Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
Both ESPN and Fox are hoping to get Peyton Manning for their primetime NFL games
The retired NFL quarterback reportedly has the option of picking between ESPN's Monday Night Football and Fox's Thursday Night Football, should he want to enter broadcasting. ALSO: ESPN is reportedly considering replacing Monday Night Football announcer Sean McDonough.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Fox has doubled down on the NFL -- will it acquire Monday Night Football next?
Following 21st Century Fox's deal with Disney, the Fox network will have a lot of need for unscripted programming, and the NFL fits the bill with Fox opting to acquire Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft. With ESPN's expensive Monday Night Football deal -- costing $1.9 billion a year -- ending in 2021, there could be a chance that Fox acquires Monday NFL games for its sister cable network FS1. ALSO: ESPN is losing control of the NFL Draft after becoming the only network to broadcast it as a major event.
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Fox boss: $3.3 billion for NFL's Thursday Night Football isn't an overpayment
“Any time you go to an auction, somebody wins, and everybody who loses says that the winner overpaid,” Fox Networks CEO Peter Rice says of paying the NFL $3.3 billion over the next five years for Thursday games. “You either have the most-watched content on television, or you don’t have it.”
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Why is Fox paying $60 million per Thursday Night Football game when the football is bad and ratings are declining?
The post-Disney merger Fox network needs to put something on when it loses the pipeline to studio 20th Century Fox, as Tony Maglio explains. “Even though the NFL’s TV ratings have been having a rough go, they’re still way better than anything else Fox could possibly put on,” says Maglio. “With sports included, Fox is currently No. 2 on the season in Nielsen ratings among adults 18-49, which is the age-range most coveted by advertisers. Sans sports, which removes the World Series and any Sunday afternoon NFL overruns, Fox is dead last among the Big 4. Remember: this ain’t the Empire heyday anymore.” ALSO: Fox will now win 11 Thursday nights of the season, for the next five years, to help bolster the rest of its lineup.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 2:09PM EST
Fox to pay $660 million per year for NFL's five-year NFL Thursday Night Football package
The NFL has its first long-term deal for Thursday Night Football, with Fox agreeing to air 11 games per year on Thursdays from 2018 through 2022. Fox currently pays $1.1 billion per year to broadcast NFC games on Sunday through 2022. “Football is in our blood at Fox and we understand that nothing beats the NFL when it comes to television that captures people’s attention,” says 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 4:29AM EST
Fox close to deal to land NFL’s Thursday Night Football next season
Bloomberg reports that Fox submitted a bid that was $45 million more than the combined $450 million CBS and NBC paid for the 2017 season. As part of the deal, Fox will air 11 Thursday Night Football games, sharing with NFL Network, according to Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand. CBS and NBC combined for 10 games last season. Ourand reports that the No. 1 Fox NFL team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman aren’t expected to work the Thursday games. Fox's expected Thursday Night Football deal comes three months after 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch complained that Thursday Night Football has watered down the NFL product, saying: "There’s a question mark for the NFL, which is just to think hard about how they’re licensing. So I do think the proliferation of Thursday availability—and the proliferation of football generally—does mean that you’re asking a lot from customers to watch Thursday."
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Report: Fox submitted the highest bid for NFL’s Thursday Night Football, while ABC opted not to bid
According to Sports Business Journal, only three networks -- Fox, CBS and NBC -- made a bid for the Thursday package. Fox’s bid was higher than the combined NBC-CBS bid, which was lower than what the two networks submitted last year. ESPN was expected to submit a bid to air games on ABC, but apparently the two networks couldn’t find a profitable business plan.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Fox joins ABC, NBC and CBS in vying for NFL’s Thursday Night Football
Fox is the latest broadcast network to submit a bid for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package, despite Fox CEO James Murdoch blaming Thursday games for a decline in NFL viewership three months ago, Bloomberg reports. CBS and NBC, which paid a combined $450 million for Thursday Night Football last year, are aiming to pay less for the package in 2018.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
Report: ABC is interested in NFL’s Thursday Night Football package
ABC has "emerged as a surprise bidder for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package," according to SportsBusiness Daily. If ABC does acquire Thursday Night Football package, it would use the NFL production team of sister network ESPN.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
NFL TV ratings were down 9.7% during the 2017 season
The 2017 drop follows an 8% drop from the 2016 season, which was attributed to the presidential election. A variety of factors have been blamed for the ratings drop, from NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to the dilution of NFL games. This season, Thursday Night Football was shown on CBS, NBC, Amazon Prime and NFL Network.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Will NBC and CBS continue paying for Thursday Night Football?
Fox and CBS have expressed concerns that the Thursday games dilute the NFL package, while players say that playing after three days rest is unhealthy. Next month, NFL will take bids on the next Thursday package, which NBC split over the past two seasons at a combined cost of $450 million.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 8:21PM EST
NBC will try SkyCam again next week on Thursday Night Football
The Peacock apparently hopes the video game angle will draw attention to what will be a “horrible” game between two losing teams, the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 1:56PM EST
Why did NBC air a promo last night featuring Lawrence Taylor, a registered sex offender?
NBC's Sunday Night Football used Taylor and the QB whose career he ended, Joe Theismann, to promote NBC’s Thanksgiving Thursday Night Football game. But with sexual misconduct all over the news, Chris Thompson found it a poor choice, noting that Taylor was once “charged with third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse, and endangering a child, after he had sex with a 16-year-old who’d been delivered to him against her will by a pimp, who’d punched her in the face in order to secure her compliance.”
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
NFL’s first video game-like broadcast divided viewers
Some found NBC's exclusive use of the Madden-esque Skycam angle on Thursday Night Football nauseating. Others found it innovative.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 7:29PM EST
Thursday Night Football tonight will look like a video game
NBC will experiment with the exclusive use of a dual-Skycam system that will give tonight’s Steelers-Titans game a Madden-style look. “It’s a look that has become so popular in a replay scenario probably because it's the look that gets on the air more than any other,” says Drew Esocoff, the director of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football broadcasts. “I think there’s an intimacy to it, there is a dynamic component to it and as long as we’re smart about showing people what they’re used to seeing prior to the snap of the ball, formations and so forth, I think it’s going to be a really fun change up.” ALSO: Will Skycam change the way we watch football?