While the NFL is closing new deals with ABC / ESPN, CBS, Fox and NBC, the most interesting aspect of the upcoming deal is the continuing likelihood that Amazon will have a large stake in the Thursday Night Football package.
In December, The Post reported that everything there was in a trend toward deals that would significantly exceed $ 100 billion. On Friday, the Sports Business Journal said the NFL and Disney have a broad agreement that will include an extension of ESPN’s Monday Night Football as well as ABC’s Super Bowls in about 8 to 10 years. The NFL said the report was incorrect.
Wherever the deal is, there may be an official announcement as early as next week, according to officials familiar with the matter. It will happen soon.
Here are four receipts for the upcoming new deals for the most valuable program on television ̵
1. What will be Amazon’s entry fee?
In 1993, Fox paid $ 400 million a year to run the NFC package from CBS. It was somewhat out of nowhere. And thus helped Fox join NBC, ABC and CBS as a core network.
The Amazon part of the subsequent deal is the most interesting. The more exclusivity there is, the more likely the NFL will get more money.
Fox currently owns the Thursday Night package, which was previously in the hands of CBS and NBC. This time none of them wanted it.
If Amazon gets national exclusivity for Fox’s 11 games, then how high will the current $ 650 million a year grow for Thursday night’s package?
If the NFL somehow got over $ 1 billion, that would be quite a feat, given that none of the previous owners wanted it. If the NFL network still simulates games, then the value for Amazon will decrease.
2. Who will receive a ticket for Sunday from the NFL?
The Sunday Ticket allows fans to watch any game. For years, he was on DirecTV, which recently reported $ 2.5 billion in net losses related to the Sunday Ticket. ESPN + and Amazon Prime would be big players, but none of the subscription services can be completely ruled out. Customers can pay $ 300 for the entire season. This will change the game very well, because before that you had to have DirecTV to have access to all the market games.
3. ABC back into the Super Bowl shuffle
From what we’ve heard, ABC’s first Super Bowl may be at the end of the next cycle. NBC has next year, followed by Fox, on the current deal.
That is subject to change, but we heard that CBS, NBC, Fox and then ABC will go. This would mean that ABC will receive the Super Bowl in 2027. If that happens, it is not exactly tomorrow.
4. The more things change, the more they stay the same
Although we still have to see the deals to make a full assessment, there is a lot of talk about how everything is changing in the media.
The extent of Amazon’s potential involvement is a big deal, but, as we announced last year, these deals will continue over the next decade. It’s been a long time.
The way you look at the games will stay the same for the most part. So essentially the pause button on how we look at sports is pressed. For the most part, Sundays will be spent on Fox and CBS, while Sunday nights will be with NBC and Mondays with ESPN and ABC.