May 3, 2021
Amazon Prime Video is moving up by one year its exclusive rights to “Thursday Night Football.” The e-commerce behemoth/streamer, beginning in the 2022-23 season will have exclusive access to NFL games, with local broadcasts available as well in the teams’ home markets.
Fox Sports, which had previously held exclusive broadcast rights through 2023, agreed to give up the 2022-23 season to Amazon in an amended agreement that reportedly will cost the streamer more than $1 billion in additional carriage fees. Amazon has exclusive streaming rights to 15 “TNF” games per season through 2032. Amazon first began streaming “TNF” games in 2017 when CBS had broadcast rights. Fox took over broadcast rights in 2018.
“We look forward to bringing ‘Thursday Night Football’ exclusively to Prime members in 2022, a year earlier than previously announced,” Marie Donoghue, VP of global sports video at Amazon, said in a statement. “This expedited deal is an immediate differentiator for us as a service, as it gives Prime members exclusive access to the most popular sport in the United States.”