Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL and FOX Reach 'TNF' Deal

The NFL announced on Wednesday that it has reached a five-year deal with FOX Sports to air Thursday Night Football.


In addition to the current NFC package that FOX has with the NFL on Sundays, the network has signed on to broadcast the next five seasons of the Thursday Night Football broadcast. According to a release sent out by the NFL, the agreement awards FOX Sports with a five-year deal that includes 11 games between Weeks 4-15.

"This landmark announcement allows FOX Sports and the NFL to each expand its digital rights, enabling the network to distribute both Thursday Night Football and its Sunday games to FOX subscribers over a wide array of digital platforms including mobile phones for the first time," the press release said. "The agreement also allows the NFL to further develop digital distribution models for Thursday Night Football as well as FOX's Sunday games."

This means more coverage of the NFL's Thursday Night games, which according to the press release make up one of the top 5 shows on television. Thursday Night Football covets the No. 2 spot in prime time, as well. Each game will be simulcast on NFL Network and will also be broadcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes. The biggest highlight with this deal now, is that you will also be able to watch the game on your mobile device as a FOX subscriber, presumably on the FOX Sports app.

The Buccaneers made an appearance on Thursday Night Football last season in Week 5 against the New England Patriots. It was also their Color Rush game in which they wore striking all-red uniforms for the home contest.

To view the full release from the NFL on the broadcast deal with FOX Sports, click here.

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