CBS gets NFC games thanks to flex scheduling — each network will air 3 Super Bowls
NBC, Fox and CBS have extended their NFL TV rights through 2022 in a deal that calls for NBC to receive a Thanksgiving game and for the league to move NFC games between Fox and CBS. Each of the networks will air three Super Bowl games.
The deals could be a windfall for players: A person close to the NFL Players Association said they will receive 55 percent of the revenues from the agreements with each network, which could amount to more than $700 million a year, under their agreement with owners earlier this year.
Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Fox, the current home of the NFC regular-season package, will receive postseason rights to NFC Wild Card games, divisional playoff games, and the NFC Championship game.
NBC also received Spanish language rights allowing games to be shown on Telemundo, mun2 or with an SAP feed. It will exchange one of its Wild Card games for a Divisional playoff game. The Thanksgiving game will begin airing in 2012.
CBS will remain the home of the AFC, and will also gain NFC games thanks to expanded "flexible scheduling." This will be the first time CBS will broadcast AFC and NFC games in the same season.
Details of the flex scheduling agreement were not immediately released. The agreement gives the NFL the limited ability to move games between Fox and CBS to bring regional games to the largest possible audience.
All three networks also received "TV Everywhere" rights allowing them to offer their broadcast games online, on tablets and through other digital platforms, but not on mobile phones.
The deal gives Fox the 2014, 2017, and 2020 Super Bowls; NBC the 2015, 2018 and 2021 Super Bowls; and CBS the 2016, 2019 and 2022 Super Bowls. NBC has the rights to the 2012 and CBS rights to the 2013 Super Bowl under their current agreements with the NFL.
ESPN announced in September an extension to keep airing "Monday Night Football" through 2021.