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Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
In turning down NFL TV work, Peyton Manning didn't want to critique brother Eli Manning
Peyton Manning was offered a hefty salary to either join ESPN's Monday Night Football or Fox's Thursday Night Football. But he reportedly didn't feel comfortable calling games featuring his brother, who plays quarterback for The New York Giants. As Andrew Marchand reports, "for Peyton, not doing Eli’s games was not necessarily a deciding factor in turning down Fox and ESPN, according to sources, but it was part of the process. What it does show is Peyton’s hesitancy to go into broadcasting because, if he had called a Giants game, it would have been a novel event, and no one would have expected him to rip his brother on national TV."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
NFL's primetime games will begin a few minutes earlier
According to The Boston Globe, the NFL plans to announce that ESPN's Monday Night Football will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. NBC's Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. and Fox's Thursday Night Football will also start at 8:20 p.m. ET, up from 8:25 pm.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Fox says it will get high-quality Thursday Night Football games
The NFL has been dogged by complaints that the Thursday games are terrible, especially since they are played on three days' rest. But Fox says it is expecting to have games that will rival NBC's Sunday Night Football package.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Fox is interested in having Michael Strahan host its Thursday Night Football pregame show
The Good Morning America co-host is being eyed to host a scaled-down version of Fox NFL Sunday, featuring him as host, joined by Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw. Fox NFL Sunday host Curt Menefee and Jimmy Johnson wouldn't be part of the new pregame show. Fox NFL Sunday broadcasts from Los Angeles, but the Thursday Night Football pregame show will air from New York City, where Strahan works during the week on GMA.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Fox hopes to have its No. 1 team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for Thursday Night Football
The New York Post reports that negotiations have begun to add Buck and Aikman to Thursday primetime games, in addition to their Sunday duties. "Sources said that the tandem wants to work together, and they have no desire to split up," reports The Post. Fox reportedly failed to woo Peyton Manning for the Thursday job. "
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Dan Patrick is leaving NBC's Football Night in America and will likely be replaced by Mike Tirico
Patrick, who has hosted the Sunday Night Football pregame show since 2008, says he turned down a new five-year deal with NBC. “I didn’t want to do it and not love doing it,” says Patrick, who adds that his daily DirecTV talk show is close to being renewed. Tirico is expected to replace Patrick. ALSO: Peyton Manning has reportedly turned down Fox's Thursday Night Football gig.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Why paying Peyton Manning $10 million a year to call NFL games is a bad idea
Former quarterback Tony Romo was a success story stepping away from the football field and onto the No. 1 CBS NFL team. But don't expect for Manning to be as successful. Why? Because Manning, despite his media savviness, has mostly done work in front of the camera that requires him to read scripted lines. Would he be good off the cuff calling games?
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 7:46PM EST
Peyton Manning is said to be in talks with Fox and ESPN to call NFL primetime games -- will he get $10 million a year?
Manning could either replace Jon Gruden on ESPN's Monday Night Football, or become the color analyst on Fox's Thursday Night Football package. According to The Wrap, Manning is seeking $10 million a year.
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
Fox reportedly wants to borrow Mike Tirico from NBC in hopes of luring Peyton Manning to the NFL broadcast booth
The Winter Olympics host was calling Thursday Night Football games for NBC last season -- and Fox wants to keep him on Thursday nights, even though the NFL Thursday package has switched networks. According to The New York Post, Manning is only interested in working in the broadcast booth if he's paired with Tirico. The Post reports that NBC has yet to be approached with the unusual proposal. Tirico is already scheduled to call Notre Dame's home football games on Saturdays this fall.
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."