FOX, NFL agree to $550 million deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football through 2022
Fox is the new home for "Thursday Night Football" through the 2022 season, the NFL announced Wednesday.
Sports Business Journal said the deal was worth $550 million per year.
Fox will replace CBS and NBC as the TNF broadcaster in the five-year deal.
"We feel very confident in their ability to continue to grow this franchise," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on a conference call Wednesday morning.
The previous deal, in which NBC and CBS shared the package, paid the league $450 million a year the last two seasons. CBS and NBC reportedly submitted bids lower than the value of the current deals.
The top Fox broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will not call the TNF games, sources told Sports Business Daily. This marks a difference from previous Thursday deals when the NFL mandated that CBS and NBC use its top broadcast teams, although the league eventually allowed NBC to use Mike Tirico on TNF in place of Al Michaels.
As part of the deal, Fox will carry 11 TNF games per season. Those games will be simulcast on NFL Network and a digital partner still to be named.
According to the report as part of the deal, Fox picked up expanded mobile rights for its Thursday and Sunday games.