The National Football League will expand “Thursday Night Football” in 2016 and 2017, continuing its partnership with CBS while also adding NBC as a partner. Both CBS and NBC will broadcast five games, increasing the package to 10 broadcast games in 2016 and 2017 from eight in 2014 and 2015. All “Thursday Night Football” broadcast games will continue to be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise an eight-game schedule of regular season games comprised of “Thursday Night Football,” late-season games on Saturday, and additional games to be determined.
“We are continuing to make THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL bigger and better. CBS has played an integral role over the last two seasons in helping build Thursdays as a night for NFL football, and we’re excited to have them on board again,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “At the same time, we’re 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.”
“Our mission when we first put games on Thursday nights in 2006 was to work strategically to make Thursdays a night for NFL football in the mold of what Monday and Sunday nights mean to millions of fans across the country,” added Robert Kraft, Chairman of the NFL’s Broadcast Committee. “We’ve made great strides since that point, and growing the base of games with CBS, now with NBC, and soon with digital streaming will only help us solidify this night in the consciousness of NFL fans here and globally.”
The NFL is also in discussions with prospective digital partners for OTT streaming rights to “Thursday Night Football.”