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Looks like Thursday Night Football is headed to Fox

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The news from the NFL is flying fast and furious during Super Bowl week, and although there is nothing yet official on Wednesday morning, a report from Bloomberg Business says that Fox TV has out bid NBC and CBS for the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” package for next season.

The report says that Fox will pay more than the $45 million per game that NBC and CBS agreed to split over a 10 game package last season, and will be the exclusive “over the air network” home for the package this season.

The games will still be simulcast on the NFL Network, as they have been throughout the broadcasting of Thursday night games.

Fox confirmed their deal for Thursday Night Football later Wednesday morning:

Sports Business Journal, reported that they paid $550 million to outbid all other networks and lock up the Thursday night package for the next five years.

Fox has been the home of the NFC’s home games, since jumping into televising the NFL in 1994. And for example, almost all of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers games, an NFC South team, are shown every year on the network (13 of their 16 in 2017).

NBC produced and televised the Buccaneers Thursday home game with New England last year.

The Dolphins played at Baltimore with CBS televising last October, too.

It’s not clear from the report if Fox’s #1 announcer team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling the 11 game package next year, but in the past, the NFL has insisted that it be the top announcers, as part of the deal.

CBS used Jim Nantz and rookie analyst Tony Romo, while NBC used Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth on their calls in 2017.

The NFL previously had touted for publicity of the teams and also to even out competitive balance, that every team had to play a Thursday night game on a “short week” (four days).

However, that did not hold true a year ago, as both the Browns and the Jaguars were left out of Thursday Night Football scheduling or any prime time games for that matter.

You can bet after the season they had in Jacksonville, the Jags will be back under the lights and likely on Thursday in 2018.

The NFL will announce it’s schedule, including Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games in April.

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