SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Thursday Night Football will air on both CBS and NBC next season.
The NFL has agreed to a two-year deal with the networks, the league announced Monday. CBS had broadcast games in partnership with NFL Network the past two seasons.
CBS and NBC will each air five Thursday matchups in 2016 and ’17, increasing the number of games on traditional broadcast TV from eight to 10 per season. Those will again be simulcast on NFL Network.
NFL Network will still televise eight games exclusively, which will include late-season Saturday matchups and other to-be-determined games.
The league is also negotiating with digital companies for a separate streaming rights deal, which will be announced soon.
The NFL launched Thursday Night Football on cable channel NFL Network in 2006 with eight games, which grew to 13 by 2012. In 2014, the league partnered with CBS for a 16-game slate – half simulcast on CBS and NFL Network and half solely on NFL Network.
CBS will broadcast the first half of the season and NBC the second. Both networks will use their top broadcasting teams and contribute to the production of the NFL Network-only games