NFL extends Fox, CBS deals
Super Bowl to CBS in 2013, Fox in 2014NEW YORK -- The NFL has agreed on a two-year extension of its network TV deals with Fox and CBS through the 2013 season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday.
In a conference call about the league's new deal with Comcast Corp. to carry the NFL Network, Goodell mentioned the extension of the network TV agreements that have been expected in recent days.
A report in the Sports Business Journal a few days ago had said that the extensions were in the works. Sources said the increase in rights fees paid by the networks was in the low single digital percentage range.
Under the deal, CBS is set to broadcast the Super Bowl taking place in early 2013, with Fox carrying the one in early 2014.
"I'm very pleased," CBS Sports and CBS News president Sean McManus. "NFL Football is the single most important sports property in the world. And the additional SuperBowl is a good thing for us." He described the deal terms as a win-win, saying the financials make sense for both sides.
“Fox Sports is pleased to have reached this two year broadcast rights extension with the NFL,” said Fox Sports chairman David Hill. “The NFL on Fox has been the centerpiece of the network’s big-event sports strategy for 15 years, and the NFC package is clearly the most-watched and highest-rated the NFL has to offer.”