When does the NFL become exclusive?

A report from Bleacher Reports’ Nick Wagoner on the NFL’s exclusive television deal, which was signed back in February, has gone viral.

The deal was originally slated to expire in 2019, but was extended for two more years, meaning that for the next three seasons the league will have exclusive rights to broadcast the NFL Network and NFL Network Extra. 

Wagoner also points out that the contract was originally negotiated as part of a four-year deal that the league signed back when it was still in the fledgling digital era.

That contract was later extended for another two years, which will ensure that the NFL will remain a fixture on television for the foreseeable future. 

While the agreement has been a major hit for the league, it’s been a slow process for fans.

“We knew it was a huge deal when the NFL announced it, but fans had been waiting for more than a year to see it happen,” NFL spokesperson Erin Ragan told The Washington Post.

“This was not something that was put together in one day.” 

It was only the second time in the league’s history that it would be made official before the end of the 2022 season. 

“We’re all really happy to have it done,” Ragan added.

“I’m sure a lot of fans will be ecstatic that it’s done. 

As the game is going to be broadcast in all 50 states and over 35 countries, there’s not a whole lot that can be done.

The TV ratings will be the biggest piece of that, and it’s going to really make it that much easier for us to have an even bigger fan base.” 

The NFL was awarded exclusive rights in 2014 for six years.

“The new TV deal with ESPN, which is now the most expensive television contract in the NFL, was one of the most important decisions that the owners and the owners’ representatives made this year,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement announcing the agreement.

“It was the right decision for the future of our sport and for the players and the league.”