ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX make bids for Thursday Night Football
Via Bloomberg.com, FOX has joined ABC and the two networks that split the package in 2016-17, CBS and NBC, in submitting bids for the Thursday night contract.
Per the report, FOX has submitted multiple proposals involving FOX and FS1; however, with the games already televised on NFL Network, it’s unlikely the league would place game content on anything but a three-letter broadcast network.
FOX’s interest is a bit of a surprise. In October, FOX CEO James Murdoch blamed the Sunday ratings drop on oversaturation arising in part from the Thursday broadcasts. The NFL tried to undermine Murdoch’s complaints by pointing out that FOX doesn’t participate in the Thursday night package.
Under the broadcast antitrust exemption, the league can’t televise games on Fridays or Saturdays from early September through early December.
According to the report, CBS and NBC hope to pay less than the combined $450 million paid by the two networks in 2016 and 2017. The networks also have funded the production of the NFL Network-only games.
The league hopes to announce its decision regarding the TNF package either shortly before or shortly after the Super Bowl.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/abc-cbs-nbc-fox-make-bids-for-thursday-night-football/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Thursday_Night_Football_Logo.jpg?fit=500%2C484&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Thursday_Night_Football_Logo.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NFLRecent PostsABC,CBS,FOX,NBC,Thursday Night Football,TNFThe NFL will soon be selling the rights to Thursday Night Football, at least for 2018 and possibly longer. And all four of the major broadcast networks have placed bids on the package. Via Bloomberg.com, FOX has joined ABC and the two networks that split the package in 2016-17, CBS and NBC, in...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk