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Amazon now officially owns the broadcasting and digital streaming rights for the NFL’s Thursday Night games, meaning Amazon Prime will be the only place you can watch these games until 2033.
Football fans are bound to have questions about possible changes to broadcast times, locations and their favorite announcers. Keep reading to brush up on everything you need to know about the upcoming changes to Thursday Night Football.
Thursday Night Football: how and where to watch
Amazon Prime Video will broadcast a total of 15 games at 8:20 pm EST over the course of the 2022 season. Games will air each week starting on September 15 and ending on December 22nd.
Games will be televised for free in local markets, so you only need to download the app to start watching. Out-of-market viewers can tune into any game they like with a Prime subscription, which comes with a ton of additional benefits for only $14.99 per month.
Amazon has also struck a deal with DirecTV, allowing them to broadcast games in more than 300,000 bars, restaurants and hotels nationwide. So you can still enjoy a Thursday night out to catch the game with friends.
Questions answered and rumors debunked
Are they really using a new ultra-aerodynamic Prime football?
You may have caught wind of rumors about a new “Prime football” circulating on social media. This clever marketing campaign from Amazon certainly caught people’s attention, but we’re happy to say that no one will actually be changing the shape of NFL football. This tweet from Russell Wilson clears things up. Amazon won’t change anything about football except for how we watch.
Will there be new hosts and commentators?
Yes and no. Even though Fox no longer broadcasts Thursday Night Football, they will continue to host Sunday games each week. So you can still tune in to see familiar faces with Fox each Sunday and then get acquainted with the new Amazon setup on Thursday nights. So it’s pretty much the best of both worlds.
Who are the new faces?
Al Michaels, fresh off his 36th season of play-by-play announcing with the NFL, will be carrying on his legacy with Amazon. Michaels has covered some of the most iconic moments in sports history, including the historic “Miracle on Ice” game during the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Kirk Herbstreit will fill the role of color commentator, adding excitement to each game with a familiar voice that football fans love. Charissa Thompson, host of “Fox NFL Kickoff,” will host the pre-game, half time and post-game shows on Amazon.
Get ready for a season to remember
With a long list of legends in sports broadcasting, these Thursday night games will be just as memorable and exciting as they have been for decades. Share in the comments below what you’re most excited for this upcoming season.
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