Report: New NFL TV deals could be coming within the next two weeks

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Nothing is done until it’s done, but the NFL’s new TV deals are very close to being done.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that new deals officially could be announced by the league later this week or next week.

Per Ourand, deals with CBS and NBC are “virtually done.” Each network will pay roughly $2 billion per year to keep their current packages.

Ourand reports that FOX has been “pushing back” on the asking price of $2.25 billion per year, more than double its current rate of $1.1 billion annually. Ourand writes that the current gap isn’t enough to jeopardize the deals.

Last week, Ourand reported that a deal is in place between the NFL and Disney for Monday Night Football. The league took affirmative steps to deny that report. Some believe that the NFL wants to preserve its ability to announce the deals on its own, with no advance leaks. Disney is expected to pay in the range of $2.6 billion annually. The package will put ABC back in the Super Bowl rotation, and it’s expected to include some ABC simulcast of Monday night games.

Finally, Thursday Night Football “appears to be headed” to Amazon Prime, per Ourand. Amazon is expected to pay a fee “well above” the current $730 million that FOX and Amazon currently pay together for the package. That deal could be shorter than the rest of the deals, sine it continues to be, as Ourand says, “experimental” in nature.

The league wants to get the new deals in place before officially adopting a seventeenth regular-season game for 2021 and beyond. It’s not believed that the new deals will have a major impact, if any, on the 2021 salary cap.

18 responses to “Report: New NFL TV deals could be coming within the next two weeks

  1. So…does this mean I still have to pay DirecTV $200 a month for a service that takes 10 seconds for a channel to change?

  2. reezie787 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 12:46 am
    Grammar Police as bringing the Cavalry.

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    *are

  3. What about Sunday Ticket? Sure would be nice to wrestle that away from DirecTV.

  4. Amazon Prime is worse than cable – the same 2 or 3 crappy trailers each get shown 57 times.

  5. Remember this when these greedy owners want to use your tax money to build stadiums

  6. The new contracts will be almost double the previous ones. So much for all of the people who continually squawk about how alleged lower ratings are supposedly signaling the NFL’s demise. So much also for the people who continually complain about the NFL supporting equal rights.

    These new contracts prove that those people are not only incorrect, but also are in the extreme minority.

  7. so let me understand the league is asking nearly double what the networks are paying and yet they will be reducing the cap for each team for 2021. It appears that fan’s will be allowed into games this year maybe not a full capacity so why are they reducing the cap?

  8. Surprised the pandemic didn’t spur on thoughts of Tuesday night football and Wednesday afternoon football. They could have charged another $2 billion for those games.

  9. gibson45 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 6:32 am

    The new contracts will be almost double the previous ones. So much for all of the people who continually squawk about how alleged lower ratings are supposedly signaling the NFL’s demise. So much also for the people who continually complain about the NFL supporting equal rights.

    These new contracts prove that those people are not only incorrect, but also are in the extreme minority.

    >>>The ratings for the league are down – they were down for the season and for the super bowl. That’s a fact. Now I wouldn’t say the demise of the NFL is imminent, but let’s not act like a ratings drop is a positive development for the league.
    (and yes, those ratings account for streaming viewers too)

    As far as the TV deals, yes, they are massive. That’s because even with the decline in viewership the NFL still gets higher ratings than anything else they show, they know it, and they’re willing to pay for it. So yes, both of these things are true:

    – Ratings for 2020-2021 were down compared to previous years
    – Football is still the highest rated thing the networks have

  10. So this math doesn’t make sense….ABC/Disney paying 2.2 billion for 1 game per week, essentially paying the same as CBS/FOX for many games per week?

  11. Viewership has been trending down. Streaming (and the pandemic) has fractured the audience and viewing habits. Sports is the last refuge of big audience live TV and the NFL is the king because of supply and demand. They are able to extract billions from the networks because they can. Sports fans are the biggest suckers. Who will pay for the higher network fees? Yes, ad rates will go up. So, the price of beer goes up. Viewers and product buyers will pay more. Cable, streaming, satellite fees will all go up. The networks and advertisers don’t pay the billion dollar rights fees: YOU DO! Repeat, YOU DO! Get it? So, watch the boring, violent NFL with players you detest because of their politics while wearing your $250 jersey.What a great country.

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