The National Football League and FOX Sports made an agreement for 5 seasons of Thursday Night Football.
The annoucnment came out Wednesday from NFL ComissionerRoger Goodell and 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice.
They said the agreement came from 10 years of growth, proving the program grew from a few late-season games on the NFL Nework to a full season of games that were one of the most popular shows on broadcast television.
The agreement awards FOX Sports with a five year deal that includes 11 games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network, and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes. In addition, NFL Network will exclusively televise seven games next season, with FOX producing the full slate of 18 games. As home to the No. 1 NFL package for the past 24 seasons, FOX Sports complements its current Sunday NFC package agreement with the addition of Thursday Night Football.
This marks the fifth media rights deal between FOX Sports and the NFL dating back to the landmark agreement struck in December 1993 that essentially solidified FOX as a major broadcast network.
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