Facebook Is Said to Decide Against Thursday Night NFL Bid


Facebook, which has spent the last two years buying live sports rights to stream on its social network, is not bidding for the National Football League’s Thursday night package, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The NFL invited bids for its 2018 Thursday games late last year, and is expected to decide before the end of February. Though the rights to its more popular Sunday and Monday games are locked up into the next decade, the league has been using one- and two-year deals for its Thursday games to experiment with different partners and platforms.

Facebook has bid for NFL’s Thursday games in the past, according to the person. The streaming rights for the 2017 package went for $50 million to Amazon. The company hasn’t said whether it will bid again.

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