Amazon’s Big Bet on Football Is (Sort Of) Paying Off

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Amazon’s Big Bet on Football Is (Sort Of) Paying Off

Last fall, Amazon agreed to pay the NFL a whopping $1 billion a year for 11 years to air Thursday Night Football exclusively on its Prime streaming service. The high price tag made headlines–and executives at broadcast television networks, cable companies and other streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV+ are watching closely to see if Amazon’s risk is rewarded.

As Super Bowl LVII approaches, Bloomberg reporters Gerry Smith and Felix Gillette join this episode to explain why this deal has drawn so much scrutiny: If Amazon is successful in luring viewers, and dollars, away from the networks, it could shake up the way we watch not just football but other sports–and eventually TV of all kinds. And maybe not in ways we like.

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  • Margretjacobson

    The exorbitant price tag made headlines, and executives at broadcast television networks in business.


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