The NFL’s new wave of TV deals officially start in 2023. Often, media reports on the subject will mention that they run through 2033.
They do. And they don’t.
The NFL has a one-way out after seven of 11 seasons. That gives the league the unilateral ability to pull the plug and return to the table — on any, some, all, or none of the TV deals.
Those seven years will fly by. And the world of broadcasting will keep changing, dramatically, between now and then.
As explained last night, recent changes to the Thursday night package aren’t about the company that currently holds those rights but the next contract for those rights. And for other streaming packages that will be sold to TV networks and/or streaming platforms.