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Facebook bidding for live-stream rights of Thursday Night Football
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Facebook bidding for live-stream rights of Thursday Night Football
Tuesday March 8th, 2016

Facebook is making a bid to host the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package.

The social media platform is trying to secure the rights for the online live-stream of Thursday night games, vice president of partnerships Dan Rose told Variety. Others trying to secure the live-stream rights include Amazon and Verizon, the magazine reports.

“We’re talking to a lot of folks about live [video]. There are a ton of types of content that can fit under this format,” Rose said. He added “we’ll see” when asked if Facebook will ultimately secure the live-stream right. 

NBC and CBS bought the television rights for the Thursday night package for the next two years. Each network will pay $225 million to broadcast five games each in 2016 and 2017.

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