NFL announces 'Thursday Night Football' is moving to FOX

Report: Thursday Night Football is heading to Fox next season

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Fox has paid more than $3 billion for the rights to broadcast the NFL's Thursday Night Football games.

FOX now has three of five of the most-watched shows on television: America's Game of the Week, NFL Sunday single header and Thursday Night Football.

Newly reported estimates are that Fox is paying an average of $660 million for 11 games a year ($60 million per game), with year one costs at $560 million to $585 million ($52 million per game).

With Fox parent 21 Century Fox selling cable and studio assets, it becomes a smaller company and needed to make a big statement about how its will retain its vitality as it focuses on live sports and news.

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For a comparison between the quality of the games and audience size, "TNF" on NBC 13.583 million total viewers this season. That was up from the CBS deal in 2015 for eight games that was reportedly worth $300 million.

Fox will get a slate of 18 games that are not on Thursday night that they will be broadcasting exclusively.

This agreement allows Fox and the National Football League to expand their digital rights, enabling the network to distribute both Thursday night and Sunday telecasts to subscribers over a wide array of digital platforms, including, for the first time, mobile phones.

After all, there's a problem with "TNF" that Fox will have to fix: The games have been lousy.

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"Thursday Night Football is just another example of the NFL's hypocrisy: The league will continue a practice that diminishes the on-field product and endangers its players, but as long as the dollars keep rolling in, it couldn't care less".

The joint announcement was made by Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner and Peter Rice, President of 21st Century Fox.

Overall, NFL ratings last season were down 9.7 percent compared to 2016 and the 2016 numbers were down about 8 percent from 2015.

"The NFL is going to see an erosion, a further erosion in their ratings and their revenue", said Sean Hannity, for one, calling into Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" last fall. They could call some late season Saturday night games for Fox.

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Thursday Night Football is switching over to Fox for the next five seasons. In a departure from its usual MO, the network won't use its top broadcast team (Joe Buck and Troy Aikman) for the Thursday games.

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