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Amazon Gets Exclusive Rights to Stream a NFL Game Under New Deal

By Donna Fuscaldo - Apr 29, 2020 at 11:07AM

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Amazon Prime will stream a Saturday game late in the 2020 season.

Amazon (AMZN -0.26%) and the National Football League have renewed their Thursday Night Football deal, with the eCommerce giant also getting exclusive rights to stream one regular season game on Prime Video and Twitch. 

In a press release, Amazon and the NFL jointly announced a multi-year deal.  Amazon will receive the right to stream 11 Thursday night games broadcast by FOX and the exclusive rights for a Saturday game in the second half of the NFL's 2020 regular season. The game will also be televised in the teams' home markets. 

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"As our relationship has expanded, Amazon has become a trusted and valued partner of the NFL," said Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer for the NF, said in the press release. "Extending this partnership around Thursday Night Football continues our critical mission of delivering NFL games to as many fans in as many ways as possible both in the United States and around the world." In 2019 the NFL said digital streaming of the Thursday night games surpassed an average minute audience over 1 million, up 43% from the 2018 season. 

While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the eCommerce giant paid the NFL about $65 million per season for the deal it signed for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Amazon has been partnering with the NFL since 2017. 

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Donna Fuscaldo has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon and recommends the following options: short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon and long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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