The company has scored the streaming rights to the upcoming season of NFL's Thursday Night Football, EW has confirmed. The one-year deal is for 10 games and worth $50 million, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. Available only to Amazon Prime subscribers, the games will be shown on the streaming service, while simultaneously airing on traditional television; being split evenly between NBC and CBS. Last year, Twitter had the streaming rights to Thursday Night Football. This won't be Amazon's first foray into football, having recently ordered a second season of All or Nothing, its docuseries following an NFL team throughout a full season.
A year ago, Amazon secured the rights to stream Thursday Night Football, reportedly beating the previous year's online broadcast partner Twitter (along with Facebook and YouTube) with a $50 million bid. Today the NFL announced it's renewed its deal with Amazon for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. As was the case with the previous agreement, only Amazon's 100 million Prime members get access to 11 games in the season. But the TNF games will also be streamed on Twitch, and you won't need a Prime membership to watch. Similar to last year's agreement, Amazon will stream Thursday Night Football, while Fox Sports will broadcast games between weeks 4 to 15 of the season and simulcast on NFL Network.
Brandon Noble, former NFL player, delivers food to those on the front lines fighting coronavirus. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees already has a job locked up whenever he decides to hang up his cleats and walk away from playing football, according to a report Friday. Brees will sign with NBC Sports as a part of a deal that will go into effect when he retires from the NFL, sources told the New York Post.
FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, file photo, Avi Kaplan, from left, Kirstin Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix arrive at the 58th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Grammy winners Pentatonix will sing the opening theme song for NBC's "Thursday Night Football." NBC said Tuesday, Oct. 25, that Pentatonix will sing the track "Weekend Go." It was inspired from the a cappella group's original song "Sing" off their 2015 self-titled album.
If NFL viewership is on a downswing, somebody forgot to tell Amazon. The internet retail giant has reached an agreement with the NFL to stream "Thursday Night Football" games, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The deal is said to be for around $50 million -- about five times the amount Twitter paid the league last year for the rights to stream the Thursday night telecasts. While Twitter streamed the games for free over its social media network, Amazon will do so only for its Prime subscribers, who pay $99 a year for other exclusive video content as well as free two-day shipping on orders from the site. The NFL Network also shows every "Thursday Night Football" game.