Amazon is reportedly close to securing a US$ 1 billion per season deal to carry a significant portion of domestic NFL rights in the US.
The streamer signed a deal with the American Football league last year to pay US$75 million per season for Thursday night football.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is looking to step up its interest in the league, in a deal which would be its biggest sports rights agreement to date. The report notes that the deal would bring significantly more games to Amazon, with a source cited as saying this could be twice the current offer. Those matches would be exclusive to Amazon, and would mark the NFL’s most significant foray into streaming to date.
While a significant figure for Amazon, the US$1 billion deal would however pale in comparison to the US$2 billion-plus paid by ESPN, CBS, Fox and NBC in their rights deals.
The NFL will reportedly announce its new slate of rights deals next week, and the agreements with its previously established broadcasters are likely to run for 11 years.
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