NFL agrees to two-year deal with the networks for 10 games starting in the fall.
SAN FRANCISCO — “Thursday Night Football” will air on both CBS and NBC next season.
The NFL has agreed to a two-year deal with the networks, the league announced Monday. CBS had broadcast games in partnership with NFL Network the past two seasons.
A person familiar with the contracts told The Associated Press the deals are worth $450 million for 10 games, five each on CBS and NBC. CBS paid $300 million for eight games in 2015.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not made public.
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The new contracts for 2016 and ’17 increase the number of games on traditional broadcast TV by two. They will again be simulcast on NFL Network.
NFL Network will still televise eight games exclusively, which will include late-season Saturday matchups and other to-be-determined games.
The league is also negotiating with digital companies for a separate streaming rights deal, which will be announced soon.
The NFL launched “Thursday Night Football” on cable channel NFL Network in 2006 with eight games, which grew to 13 by 2012. In 2014, the league partnered with CBS for a 16-game slate — half simulcast on CBS and NFL Network and half solely on NFL Network.
CBS will broadcast the first half of the season and NBC the second. Both networks will use their top broadcasting teams and contribute to the production of the NFL Network-only games.
• Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL.
Tuck announced his decision Monday and says he leaves the NFL with very few regrets.
“After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football,” Tuck said on Facebook. “I’ve had 11 great years and, honestly, I leave with very few regrets.”
Tuck played his first nine seasons with the New York Giants, helping them win two Super Bowl titles. He spent the past two years in Oakland where he was a mentor to All Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.
• Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis returned to practice with no limitations. Davis broke his arm in the NFC Championship Game but says he expects to play in the Super Bowl.
Davis says “it feels great” and he’s glad to be back on the field with his teammates.
• Former Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden has been hired as tight-ends coach of the Detroit Lions. Golden was fired by Miami in October. He was the coach there from 2011-15 and at Temple from 2006-10.
• The Detroit Lions won’t let Calvin Johnson retire without a fight. As the team waits for Johnson’s final decision on his future, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions’ coaches and staff are looking for a way to bring him back to the fold.
Rapoport said the Lions will try to give Johnson a Larry Fitzgerald-like extension. Fitzgerald signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals before this season at a reduced salary with fully guaranteed salaries.
• The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed Darren Fells to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-7, 281-pound tight end appeared in 14 games last season, 12 as a starter. He had career highs of 21 receptions for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
• A team spokesman says nobody was injured after the Denver Broncos’ buses were involved in a minor accident after their practice at Stanford Stadium on Monday.
The buses carrying players and staff were on their way back to the team hotel in Santa Clara when the accident occurred. Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said nobody was injured in the accident.