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Berichtdoor chenyan94 » 09 Okt 2018, 04:29

Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games.

Those games previously were televised by CBS and NBC , two of the league’s other network partners. Fox announced Wednesday that it will televise 11 games between Weeks 4 and 15, with simulcasts on NFL Network and Fox Deportes.

Fox, which has the Sunday afternoon NFC package, will produce all of the games under the deal, which is worth a little more than $3 billion, according to a person with direct knowledge of the terms of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league didn’t announce its value.

”This is a single partner deal, we are not splitting the package,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a conference call. ”We had tremendous amount of interest from all the broadcast partners, all of whom wanted it exclusively. We felt this was the best opportunity for the NFL to grow the Thursday night package.”

Goodell added that the league is exploring partnerships with digital outlets, also in conjunction with Fox.

The NFL has broadcast deals ”five years out” with its other partners – ESPN has the Monday night package – so five years on this agreement made sense.

”Fundamentally, Fox was built on football,” said Peter Rice , president of 21st Century Fox, nothing that 25 years ago, the NFC package ”helped launch a fledgling network into what it is today.”

”These opportunities come along very, very infrequently,” he added. ”You either have the rights to the most-watched content in media or you don’t. If you don’t take the opportunity, this won’t come up again for five years. We believe in buying the very best rights, and the best rights are the NFL.”

CBS and NBC each paid $450 million for the previous two-year package.

”We explored a responsible bid for Thursday Night Football but in the end are very pleased to return to entertainment programming on television’s biggest night,” CBS said in a statement. ”At the same time, we look forward to continuing our terrific long-term partnership with the NFL on Sunday afternoons, with more than 100 games per season including next year’s Super Bowl 53.”

Fox could have a conflict if weather causes a World Series game to be postponed from Wednesday to Thursday. In recent years, Series Game 2 and 6 have been scheduled for Wednesday.

”In that hypothetical kind of a scenario, the World Series game would stay on Fox and our Thursday night game would become an FS1/NFL Network simulcast ,” Fox spokesman Eddie Motl said.

Goodell noted that the Thursday night games are a place for innovation.

”One of the things we’ve taken into consideration with Thursday night in general is to evolve this package, to use it as an opportunity to learn, to understand where these various platforms are going, and what we can do to make it a more attractive experience for our fans,” he said. ”We will look at that in that context, and the term will be consistent with what it will take to make sure that we continue to evolve that platform as well as the experience for our fans.”

That means streaming outlets, of course.

”We have accepted bids for digital partners,” Goodell said. ”We have very healthy competition. In fact, I would say it’s unprecedented competition from a number of digital partners.

”As I say, we put our focus on the broadcast package first. … We are not required to go coterminous with the broadcasts. We can do any length of deal that we get to an agreement on with that digital partner. As I mentioned earlier, we will be doing this in cooperation with our Fox partners.”




DETROIT (AP) — The booing began early. The Detroit Lions scored on a touchdown on the game’s first snap, but it wasn’t long before the fans at Ford Field sensed trouble.

An anemic first quarter of offense set the tone. By halftime , Matthew Stafford and the Lions were trailing, and in the third quarter, they unraveled completely.

The 48-17 loss to the New York Jets on Monday night was a dreadful debut for new coach Matt Patricia and a nightmare for Stafford, who was intercepted four times in a total debacle for Detroit.

“There’s not a lot to be happy about,” Patricia said.

The Lions fired coach Jim Caldwell after going 9-7 last season. The hope was Patricia could come over from New England’s staff and lift Detroit to the next level, but expectations in Motown seemed a bit tempered after an unimpressive preseason.

Monday’s rout brought little reason for optimism.

It actually began with a flourish for Detroit when Quandre Diggs intercepted rookie Sam Darnold on the first play from scrimmage and went 37 yards for a touchdown.

“You get a pick-6 on the first thing,” defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said. “You’re on a high and you think everything else is going to go.”

There were boos from the crowd later in the quarter, though. It was tied at 7 after one, and the Lions had minus-2 yards of offense.

Down 17-10 at halftime, Detroit responded by going 75 yards in only four plays, tying the game on Stafford’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate.

Then the Jets reeled off 31 straight points before the end of the third.

Darnold found Quincy Enunwa for a 21-yard touchdown, quickly restoring New York’s seven-point lead. Then Darron Lee intercepted Stafford and went 36 yards for a touchdown. Just 67 seconds later , the Jets scored again on a 78-yard punt return by Andre Roberts. New York capped the quarter when Isaiah Crowell scored on a 62-yard run with 54 seconds left, making the score 48-17.

Lee said the Jets had a read on Detroit’s signals. Stafford went 27 of 46 for 286 yards, but it was his first four-interception game since 2013.

“I told those guys in there, ‘I’ll take this one,'” Stafford said. “Hope I never have to say that again.”

Matt Cassel came in at quarterback briefly in the third when Stafford was crunched between two defenders while attempting a pass. The crowd cheered when Cassel went in again with 8:15 left in the fourth, but he threw an interception shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, fans clad in green and white began a chorus of “J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!” chants that echoed around an otherwise deflated stadium.

“I’m going to be most disappointed in myself. That’s where I always start,” Patricia said. “I’ve got to do a better job, and that’s always where I’m going to take it.”

There was almost nothing for the Lions to feel good about. Kenny Golladay had seven catches for 114 yards. The pass rush managed a couple early sacks after a listless preseason.

But the offense couldn’t build on Diggs’ early touchdown. Rookie Kerryon Johnson had only five carries, and Detroit ran for just 39 yards. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah left with a shoulder injury.

By the end, Jets fans had set up a celebration in the mostly abandoned sections behind New York’s sideline. There weren’t many Detroit fans left. At least the empty seats couldn’t boo.

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