“The NFL has asked media companies to bid on additional seasons of Thursday Night Football, and the league is indicating that if TV networks aren’t interested the package could go to a streaming company like Amazon,” Jon Lafayette reports for Multichannel News. “Sources confirm that the league sent out requests for proposals on Wednesday (Dec. 20), with responses due in January.”

“NBC and CBS split the broadcast portion of the NFL package, with games also airing on the league-owned NFL network. They pay the league a combined $450 million. This season, the games were also streamed by Amazon,” Lafayette reports. “In the RFP the league says it is open to making changes in the package, according to Sports Business Daily.”

“But the RFP also says the league would consider having a digital company such as Amazon taking the entire package. It would be the first time a streaming company took over what had been a broadcast package for a major sport,” Lafayette reports. “If a streamer got the game, it would likely still sell games to local broadcast stations to make sure home team fans got free over-the-air access to games.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Granted, Thursday Night Football has issues from players not wanting to hit the field again so soon after Sunday to poor ratings for bas matchups to over saturation for NFL games, but it still has great value in the right hands. If a streamier were to win the rights, we’d guess it’d be Amazon since they’ve already proven they’re willing to pony up for big league rights.

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