Report: Amazon adds playoff game to NFL slate

NFL owners agreed to expand postseason to 14 teams earlier this year Amazon paying ‘significantly higher’ sum to show one-off fixture than it does per game for TNF CBS parts with US$70m to share coverage with Prime Video; NBC to show second game in US$75m deal

Amazon’s Prime Video service will stream a National Football League (NFL) playoff fixture for the first time this season after the technology company secured rights to one of two new wild card games, according to the Wall Street Journal .

At the end of March, NFL owners approved the expansion of the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams starting with the 2020 season, adding another two fixtures to the postseason schedule.

The other wild card match will be broadcast in the US by NBC, according to the WSJ, which said the Comcast-owned media company will part with US$75 million to air the game on its linear network and Peacock streaming service.

Amazon’s financial commitment was not disclosed, although the WSJ said the company is paying ‘significantly higher’ than it does per game under its current deal to show Thursday Night Football (TNF).

The company’s decision to add a playoff game to its NFL schedule comes with the league’s next round of media rights negotiations looming.

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