The last major sports rights package that will become available for years is up for grabs, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS, Fox, NBC and Turner have all indicated their interest the NFL’s Thursday night offering.
CBS was the most recent home for “Thursday Night Football,” paying about $300 million for the eight-game package for the current season. But NBCU is said to be aggressively going after a deal.
The NFL is expected to extend the length of the deal to offer something more along the lines of sports packages currently running through 2021, such as ESPN’s $15.2 billion pact for “Monday Night Football,” or 2022, such as CBS, Fox and NBC’s Sunday packages.
Analysts are saying the price tag for “Thursday Night Football” is likely to rise to $600 million a year, or more. Negotiations get under way in earnest in January.
Please click on the link near the top of this story to read THR’s full report.