NFL Rights Deals: Fox Keeps NFC Sunday Package, Adds New Holiday Games, Expands Digital Rights
Fox will not extend its Thursday Night Football contract beyond its current deal
Fox Corp. today announced a new and expanded media-rights agreement with the National Football League. Running through the 2033 season, the 11-year agreement extends Fox’s coverage of premier National Football Conference (NFC) games, creates new and exclusive holiday games on Fox, and expands Fox’s digital rights to enable future direct-to-consumer opportunities as well as NFL programming on Fox’s AVOD streaming service Tubi. Additionally, Fox will not extend its Thursday Night Football contract beyond its current expiration after the 2022 NFL season.
“Today, we extend our 27-year partnership with the NFL and solidify the foundation of our marquee sports portfolio beyond the end of the decade,” says Fox Corp. Executive Chairman/CEO Lachlan Murdoch. “In addition to maintaining our leading Sunday-afternoon NFC package, we are pleased to broaden our deal to include new digital rights that provide us with the flexibility to deliver NFL on Fox to customers in expanded and innovative ways. This long-term agreement ensures that we will continue to deliver the best in football coverage to our viewers while also strengthening and providing optionality to our business.”
Among the highlights of the new agreement:
- Fox will create an NFL experience on Tubi consisting of premiere VOD as well as condensed games throughout the NFL season.
- Fox extended its rights to continue America’s leading free-to-play wagering game, Fox Bet Super 6.
- Fox Bet will receive authorized sportsbook-operator status if and when the NFL approves official sportsbook operators for its officially licensed intellectual property.
- Fox will broadcast four of the next 12 Super Bowls: in 2023, 2025, 2029, and 2033.
- Fox will produce special Christmas Day games as the schedule allows.
- Fox will continue to be the exclusive home of the NFC Championship game.
- Fox increased its NFL footage rights to use across linear and digital programming.
- Fox broadened its presentation rights using interactivity and alternate feeds.
- Fox Deportes gained additional Spanish-language rights.
- The NFL also has a one-time termination right after the seventh year, which covers seasons 2030-2033 inclusive.
Fox is America’s No. 1 network for the NFL; its flagship America’s Game of the Week has been the most-watched show in all of television for the past 12 seasons and the most-watched NFL window for the past 20 seasons. The NFC package that Fox will continue to broadcast is strategically aligned with the locations of Fox’s owned-and-operated television stations: Fox Television Stations owns and operates the Fox affiliate in 14 of the 16 NFC markets.