The National Football League adds NBC as a broadcast partner for Thursday Night Football in 2016 and 2017. The network joins CBS and the NFL Network in airing the games.
Monday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corp., and Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal announced that NBC will televise five games. CBS will also continue to broadcasts five Thursday night games.
Moreover, according to a press release: “All THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL broadcast games will continue to be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise an eight-game schedule of regular season games comprised of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, late-season games on Saturday, and additional games to be determined.”
Commissioner Goodell stated “We are continuing to make Thursday Night Football bigger and better. CBS has played an integral role over the last two seasons in helping build Thursdays as a night for NFL football, and we’re excited to have them on board again.” He added, “At the same time, we’re thrilled to add NBC to the Thursday Night Football mix, a trusted partner with a proven track record of success broadcasting NFL football in primetime, and look forward to expanding with a digital partner for what will be a unique tri-cast on broadcast, cable, and digital platforms.”
The NFL also announced that it plans to strike a deal with prospective digital partners for OTT streaming rights to Thursday Night Football.
You can read the full press release here.