NFL will consider alternative kickoff formats

Amazon first acquired Thursday streaming rights in 2017 after outbidding online companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s Chief Media and Business Office, said that sticking with Amazon for two Womens Wayne Gretzky Jersey more seasons was a no-brainer.
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Having over 100 million Amazon Prime members provides a massive platform to distribute Thursday Night Football digitally, not only to our fans in the United States but also around the world, Rolapp said in a statement.

Limited Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey The one catch in this deal is that you’ll have to be a Prime subscriber if you want to stream the Thursday games on Amazon. The price of a Prime subscription will be going up from $99 to $119 in June.

The Thursday night set of games has turned into a cash cow for the NFL. Besides the $65 million per season the league will be getting from Amazon, the NFL will also be getting roughly $660 million per season from Fox, which won the television rights to Thursday night games in January. Fox will be paying $3.3 billion over the course of its five year deal. If you’re scoring at home, that means the NFL will be pulling in $725 million in rights fees for Thursday nights alone in 2018.
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Jets (from Colts) 鈥斅燬am Darnold, QB, Southern California: At the price of three second-round picks to move up three spots, New York goes back to the Trojan well for the second time in nine years after Mark Sanchez flamed out after an early flurry. Darnold seemed like a no-brainer at No. 1 overall before the 2017 season began, but 22 turnovers last year apparently depressed his stock just a touch. But it must be noted his supporting cast was better in 2016 (including JuJu Smith-Schuster). The 6-3, 221-pounder threw for 57 TDs in two years as USC’s starter and excels making plays on the move, the kind of improvisation he may have to call on frequently as the Jets continue to build the O-line and arsenal around Darnold. If New York decides not to throw its highest-drafted QB since Joe Namath (1965) into the fire right away, 38-year-old Josh McCown remains as an option and embraces the role of mentor toward young passers.

Browns (from Texans) 鈥?Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State:聽Cleveland never sufficiently replaced Joe Haden but adds this draft’s best pure cover corner to its ascendant defense. Despite his small frame (5-11, 183), Ward is a ferocious hitter who can capably cover outside or in the slot. Should be fun watching him square off against Antonio Brown twice per season. The Buckeyes have now聽produced four first-round corners since 2016 (Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley and Eli Apple).

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