Eastern Time , but games in the package also air occasionally on Saturdays in the later portion of the season, as well as a single Sunday morning game from London in the NFL International Series these games have been branded since as NFL Network Special. Debuting on November 23, , the telecasts were originally part of NFL Network 's Run to the Playoffs package, which consisted of eight total games broadcast on Thursday and Saturday nights five on Thursdays, and three on Saturdays, originally branded as Saturday Night Football during the latter portion of the season.
At its launch, the package proved highly controversial mainly due to the relative unavailability of NFL Network at the time; the league used the games as leverage to encourage television providers to carry NFL Network on their basic service tiers, rather than in premium, sports-oriented packages that required subscribers to pay a higher fee; although, as with all other national cable telecasts of NFL games, the league's own regulations require the games to be syndicated to over-the-air television stations in the local markets of the teams.
These issues were magnified in , when a game that saw the New England Patriots close out a perfect regular season was simulcast nationally on both CBS and NBC , in addition to NFL Network and the local stations that the game was sold to, following concerns from politicians and other critics.
In , the NFL shifted the package to a new model to increase its prominence.
The entire TNF package would be produced by a separate rightsholder, who would hold rights to simulcast a portion of the package on their respective network. CBS was the first rightsholder under this model, airing nine games on broadcast television, and producing the remainder of the package to air exclusively on NFL Network to satisfy its carriage agreements.
In the and , the NFL continued with a similar arrangement, but adding NBC as a second rightsholder alongside CBS, with each network airing five games on broadcast television each. In , the NFL reached a long-term deal with Fox to hold the rights through The games are broadcast on radio via Westwood One , which syndicates the broadcasts to its partner radio stations around the United States. In , the NFL also began to sub-license digital streaming rights to the broadcast TV portion of the package to third-parties, beginning with Twitter in , and Amazon Prime Video in , which Amazon and the NFL renewed their contract through , with Twitch set to air some games in Prior to the new contract, ESPN carried a handful of sporadic Thursday night games usually those displaced from Sunday night and the broadcast networks used to air several national games on Saturday afternoons in mid-to-late December after the college football regular season ended.
Incidentally, the only reason the league is even allowed to televise football games on Saturday night stems from a legal loophole: the league's antitrust exemption, the Sports Broadcasting Act of , was written when the NFL regular season ended in mid-December, and as such, it contains specific language that prohibits televising NFL games in most markets on Friday nights and all day on Saturdays between the second week of September and the second week of December, to protect high school and college football.
Since most high school and college seasons have ended by mid-December, other than bowl games , there has been little desire to close this loophole, even though the regular season has expanded well beyond mid-December since the law's passage.
The channel was added, but NFL Network decided to air the games itself, foregoing a rights fee. Each of the game broadcasts were titled either Thursday Night Football or Saturday Night Football , depending on the night on which it aired. This format carried over to the season. Starting in , NFL Network eliminated all but one of the Saturday night games and started their Thursday night package three weeks earlier.
This was done to accommodate the earlier schedule and the league's antitrust exemption that prohibits Saturday games from being held for most of the season.
During Super Bowl week in , it was announced that the Thursday Night Football package would expand from eight to 13 games and air on NFL Network, again soliciting and rejecting offers from Turner Sports and Comcast. The league had negotiated with its existing broadcast partners, along with Turner Sports.
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The first eight games of the season were simulcast nationally on NFL Network and CBS; the remaining games in the package only aired nationally on NFL Network, but per league broadcast policies, were simulcast on local stations in the participating teams' markets.
During the games, a distinct graphics package co-branded with both CBS and NFL Network logos is used, certain players on each team wear microphones, and 4K cameras are used to allow zoom-in shots during instant replays.
With the move of selected games to CBS, media executives expected more major match-ups to appear on Thursday Night Football than in previous years in order to attract better viewership; in the past, Thursday Night Football had been criticized for often featuring games between lesser and poorer-performing teams.
In the wake of the controversy surrounding Ravens player Ray Rice who had been removed from the team and suspended from the NFL earlier in the week following the discovery of footage showing the player physically assaulting his wife, Janay, who was engaged to Rice at the time the security camera footage was recorded , changes were made to pre-game coverage on the first game in order to accommodate additional interviews and discussion related to the incident.
Among these changes were the removal of an introductory segment featuring Rihanna who was similarly assaulted by fellow performer Chris Brown in performing her song " Run This Town ". On December 16, , it was reported that the NFL was shopping the TNF package as a one-year deal with an option for a second year, similarly to the current arrangement with CBS; the league also requested that bidders outline goals for "growing" NFL Network. The league was also reportedly interested in selling non-exclusive digital rights to simulcast the games to another partner, such as Amazon.
As with the previous contract, all games will be simulcast by NFL Network. Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that the league was "thrilled to add NBC to the Thursday Night Football mix, a trusted partner with a proven track record of success broadcasting NFL football in primetime, and look forward to expanding with a digital partner for what will be a unique tri-cast on broadcast, cable and digital platforms. The collaboration will also include streaming content on Twitter's Periscope service, such as behind the scenes access.
Rogers Media , who owns television rights to the Thursday Night Football package in Canada through the end of the season but has not yet acquired digital rights the majority of the NFL's media rights in Canada are owned by Rogers's rival, Bell Media , successfully forced Twitter to block the game streams in that country , overriding the league's insistence that the free stream be global.
On April 4, , it was announced that Amazon.
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The streams will be exclusive to paid Prime subscribers. The November 16, telecast between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans was the first NFL broadcast to intentionally use the Skycam as its primary camera angle, as opposed to the usual sideline camera that has been used since telecasts of NFL games began in NBC Sports had previously switched to a skycam-only presentation for portions of two Sunday night games earlier that season because of fog and smoke and, sixteen years prior, during its coverage of the XFL ; positive reaction to the impromptu change prompted NBC to experiment with using the strategy for the full game.
Both Fox and Fox Sports 1 were named as potential outlets for the package in the Fox Sports bid, which was intended to showcase Fox 's continued commitment to sports after the sale of its entertainment businesses to ESPN's majority-owner The Walt Disney Company which excluded the Fox network itself and Fox Sports' national operations, such as FS1, among other assets. CBS and NBC were also considering renewing their existing contracts, but had requested a lower rights fee to compensate for the decreasing viewership of the NFL TNF had been cited as one factor in the downturn, due to a perceived oversaturation of nationally televised games.
It was also reported that the NFL would also allow digital companies to make bids for exclusive rights to the Thursday Night Football package which forego a television partner entirely, unlike the previous non-exclusive deals with Twitter and Amazon.
On January 30, , it was reported by multiple sources that Fox had won the package. The Fox network will air 11 games per season in simulcast with NFL Network, and will also produce the games exclusive only to NFL Network and their syndicated partners in the markets of each team.
Amazon renewed its digital rights for the and season; in contrast to in which the games required an Amazon Prime subscription, for and , Amazon also carries game coverage for free on its live streaming platform Twitch. Fox employs 45 cameras, a dual-skycam setup, triple-lens pylon cameras, and will leverage Intel True View replay systems where available.
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Resources are also being shared with Fox News Channel in New York City, including use of its Studio F for studio segments, as well as an outdoor plaza setup on Sixth Avenue Fox Square with a scaled football field and an audience. For , Fox announced that it would produce all of its games in p upscaled to 4K , with Hybrid Log-Gamma HLG high-dynamic range color , beginning with its season premiere September 26, The telecasts were distributed via the Fox Sports app, Prime Video, and to participating television providers.
HDR is only supported through television providers, but Fox stated that HDR and surround sound support would be enabled via streaming "soon". Due a carriage dispute between Dish Network and Fox resulting in the removal of its owned-and-operated stations and cable networks, it was reported that Fox had pushed NFL Network to black out its simulcast of the October 3, game for Dish Network subscribers to prevent circumvention.
However, due to a clause in Dish's carriage agreement that forbade the channel from performing provider-specific programming substitutions, NFL Network agreed to forego the simulcast entirely, and the game was made exclusive to Fox making it the first TNF game to not air in some capacity on NFL Network. In , Collinsworth replaced Vermeil alongside Gumbel for all games. Gumbel left the network after the season and his then-HBO colleague Bob Papa , who is also the radio voice of the New York Giants , was brought in to replace him.
Collinsworth stayed on until the end of the season, then left to take over for the retiring John Madden as lead analyst on NBC Sunday Night Football. NBC had initially hired former Monday Night Football play-by-play man Mike Tirico for Thursdays before the league nixed the idea of any separate broadcast teams for Sunday and Thursday nights.
Tirico would eventually call three Sunday Night Football games, including the Thanksgiving night game which is in the SNF package, in order for NBC to allow Michaels over a week's rest before the end of the season. Numerous complications needed to be resolved, namely Romo's reluctance to cover both Sunday and Thursday nights as required under the Thursday Night Football contract,  and the fact that Simms remains under contract with CBS through the next several years.
For , none of Fox's scheduled MLB playoff broadcasts landed on a Thursday Fox carried the NLCS and the World Series that year , so Buck continued to broadcast both sports, crisscrossing the country in seven cities over a day period. NFL Network has occasionally used non-Fox Sports broadcast teams for the games that air exclusively on that network.
The network kept the 4-man booth for the London Games. Tirico and Warner were joined by Schrager on the sidelines. Menefee and Mariucci were both dropped from Saturday coverage in , as he was replaced by Eisen and Joe Thomas for the early game in Eastern Time during its games.
Westwood One provides national radio broadcasts of the Thursday Night Football games through a contract of currently unknown length Westwood One quietly renewed the rights after parent company Cumulus Media departed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. During the season, Ian Eagle called play-by-play, with Tony Boselli handling color analysis and Hub Arkush as the sideline reporter.
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Upon the original launch of the Thursday and Saturday night games, few television service providers carried the NFL Network due to disputes during the network's terms in its carriage contracts during negotiations. These disputes were magnified throughout the season, as two high-profile matchups were to be broadcast by the network.
The first was a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers which was scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving and saw both teams at , vying for the top seed in the NFC, and the second was Week 17 Saturday night game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants , where the Patriots had a chance to become the first team since the Miami Dolphins to end a regular season undefeated.
In the first case, fans were displeased that a matchup between two teams at such a critical point in the season was not available on broadcast television except in the Dallas and Green Bay markets. To avoid such a problem with the potential sixteenth victory for the Patriots, CBS and NBC bought broadcast rights to the game so it could be seen by a nationwide audience on both cable and broadcast television. Critics have argued that the games televised on Thursday Night Football have been of lower quality than other prime time games, as they often featured match-ups between lesser or poor-performing teams, and that the shortened rest between games triggered by Thursday games also has an effect on their overall quality.
The move of selected games to CBS brought improved ratings: the inaugural game was the highest-rated program of the night, with an audience share of The game, whose ratings were boosted by coverage of the Ray Rice scandal, also brought CBS its highest prime time ratings on a Thursday night since May While lower, at 9. Controversy over ratings and the quality of play in Thursday night contests escalated when on November 28, , a report circulated that the league was considering ending the franchise.
The NFL, however, denied this rumor. During the season, current and former players including Richard Sherman ,  J.
Watt ,  and Charles Woodson  expressed their dislikes for Thursday Night Football, with Richard Sherman calling it a "poopfest".
The September 20, game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns , which saw the debut of Cleveland's first overall pick Baker Mayfield , as well as the team breaking a nearly two-year losing streak, set a record for the highest-rated NFL Network-exclusive broadcast in Thursday Night Football history, with a 5.
As mentioned, a team needing to play a Thursday night game can result in a shortened rest period for players between games. On January 29, , the NFL released its health and safety report, which states that an average of 4.
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