CBS and NFL Reach New Nine-Year Broadcast Rights Agreement
NEW YORK: The National Football League announced today that CBS has been awarded
a new nine-year broadcast rights agreement that runs through the 2022 season. In
the new deal, CBS Sports remains the broadcast home of the NFL’s American Football
Conference. In addition, as part of the NFL’s expanded flexible scheduling, CBS
will also broadcast games from the National Football Conference. This will be the
first time CBS will broadcast AFC and NFC matchups in the same season. CBS will
broadcast Super Bowl L in 2016, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and Super Bowl LVI in 2022,
in addition to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in 2013.
“The deal continues CBS’s ability to be profitable with the NFL throughout the coming
decade and beyond,” CBS chief Leslie Moonves said.
Twelve of CBS’s 14 owned-and-operated stations are in NFL markets, including New
York, San Francisco/Oakland, Boston, Miami, Denver, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, which
are all AFC markets.
This new deal is the longest ever with the NFL and its broadcast partners, surpassing
the eight-year deal from 1998-2005. CBS Sports, which first began televising NFL
regular-season games in 1956 and this season marks its 52nd season, had broadcast
rights to the National Football Conference package from 1970 through 1993. The Network
began televising American Football Conference games in 1998.