Amazon's Thursday Night Football package will begin in 2022 instead of 2023

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) talks with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy in sport motion in the course of the Super Bowl LIV sport between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, FL.

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Amazon Prime Video’s unique 15-game “Thursday Night Football” package will now debut in 2022, a yr sooner than beforehand introduced, the corporate mentioned Monday.

Amazon made history last month when it turned the primary all-streaming supplier to agree to hold a weekly package of National Football League video games. The know-how large is paying $1 billion per season for the unique rights.

Amazon’s deal will now run 11 years, matching the size of the Sunday and Monday packages acquired by Disney, Comcast, ViacomCBS and Fox. The Prime Video package is for 15 Thursday night time video games and one pre-season sport every season.

Amazon had all the time supposed to have an 11-year package however wanted to attend a month for the NFL to contractually finish its cope with Fox a yr earlier, based on an individual acquainted with the matter.

“We look forward to bringing Thursday Night Football exclusively to Prime members in 2022, a year earlier than previously announced,” mentioned Marie Donoghue, vp of international sports activities video at Amazon, in an announcement. “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.”

Amazon views “Thursday Night Football” as a sweetener to maintain individuals paying for Prime, the corporate’s subscription service that features free transport on many Amazon-purchased merchandise. Amazon founder, CEO and Chairman Jeff Bezos disclosed last month that the corporate surpassed 200 million international Prime subscribers.

A Prime Video membership prices $8.99 per thirty days, nevertheless it’s additionally included with Amazon Prime which prices $12.99 per thirty days or $119 a yr. All Thursday Night video games will even be broadcast over the air in native markets.

Disclosure: Comcast is the dad or mum firm of NBCUniversal, which owns CNBC.

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