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 Posted: Wed Jan 31st, 2018 08:43 pm
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Fox is going to pay NFL $55 million a game thru 2022 for Thursday Night Football. Stories of the NFLs demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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So much for ending the Thursday night experiment.



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 Posted: Thu Feb 1st, 2018 01:12 am
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As much as NFL ratings are down, it's still destroying FOX's schedule of shows, especially as Empire slip slides away this season in the ratings. Their highest rated primetime show by far this season has been the OT postgame show. Nothing is even close. Most of the rest of their highest rated shows are animated.

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LAF wrote: As much as NFL ratings are down, it's still destroying FOX's schedule of shows, especially as Empire slip slides away this season in the ratings. Their highest rated primetime show by far this season has been the OT postgame show. Nothing is even close. Most of the rest of their highest rated shows are animated.

This is the thing people forget about when they talk about the NFL's slipping ratings and how it will impact TV deals.  Yes, the ratings are down, and I wouldn't be surprised if they drop much lower too.  But everything is relative.  We live in a world with extreme niche markets and streaming/on-demand everything.  The NFL isn't the juggernaut it once was but still gets better DVR-proof live ratings than anyone else.  TV networks have their budgets and need to give this money to someone, and there's still no one better to give it to than the NFL in this environment, and that won't change for a long time.  If a network lowballs the NFL, someone else will come along and throw their entire budget at them and steal them away, because what else is on TV these days that gets any ratings worth talking about?  

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When was there talk of the NFL ending the Thursday experiment in real terms as opposed to fans complaining about there being too much football and the lack of appealing games? The ratings on CBS and NBC were terrific by prime time standards while the games provided content to NFL Network and a ton of revenue. The only question was which network would air the games.

Fox will produce 18 games, of which 11 will air in simulcast with NFL Network while 7 will be NFL Network exclusive but with a Fox announcing and production team. Most likely it will be 13 Thursday night games, 1 London game, and 4 games split between two separate Saturdays late in the season. NBC's two Thursday night games, the season opener and the prime time Thanksgiving game, are part of the Sunday Night package and are not subject to this deal.

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As an addendum to the above, fan (particularly neutrals) and non working media (reporters/columnists not assigned by their network or publication to specifically report on the game) complaints about the Thursday night games have always puzzled me. If you don't like the match up or just think Sunday and Monday are enough, then don't watch! There have been a lot of complaints that seem to equate these games being on TV with the NFL and the network somehow forcing people to tune in and watch for three hours plus. The viewer has the final say. If Lions-Bears or Jets-Colts doesn't have any appeal, then skip it. Most of these Thursday games are of a caliber that few outside the home markets would see them on Sunday anyway, so it's hardly as if any neutral fans would miss out on games they'd otherwise see by watching a movie or reading a book.

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