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Amazon wants a Black Friday game, NFL not interested

Amazon — which next season is assuming exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football — is interested in offering an exclusive NFL game on Black Friday, the Sports Business Journal reported Monday. According to the report, the NFL is “lukewarm” towards the idea.

According to the same report, the NFL intends to continue scheduling competing doubleheaders on FOX and CBS during Week 1 of the season. The network did it for the first time last season, and FOX — which had the Week 1 doubleheader for the past few years — took a ratings hit. FOX reportedly asked the NFL to move the doubleheader to later in the season and was rebuffed.

Additionally, FOX and CBS are both asking to air a Christmas Day game in the late afternoon this season. FOX has contractual rights to an annual Christmas game in its new media rights deal (when timing permits), though it’s unclear if that kicks in now or when the deal officially begins in 2023. As Christmas is a Sunday this year, NBC will have the prime time Christmas game on Sunday Night Football.

CFP remaining at four; Big Ten Payday Coming

The college football playoffs will remain four-team until ESPN’s rights to the event are agreed to in 2026, it was announced Friday. There had been talks of expanding the playoffs to 12 teams and such a move was briefly considered a done deal until the talks collapsed last summer. According to ESPN, the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 voted against the expansion.

In other college sports news, Sports Business Journal reported last week that a number of industry sources expect the Big Ten to generate more than $1 billion a year in their upcoming media rights deals. The conference is currently in an exclusive trading window with ESPN that is set to expire without a deal, allowing the rights to reach the open market.

MLB says Feb. 28 is deadline for deal

Major League Baseball, which last week opted to cancel the first week of spring training as part of its continued player union lockdown, has multiple reports identified Feb. 28 as a date when a new collective agreement is needed before it starts. cancellation of regular season games. The season is scheduled to start on March 31. It should be noted that leagues can and have played games under an expired collective bargaining agreement.

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