According to a new report, Apple, Google and Amazon are all said to be interested in striking a deal with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football games. As Variety reports, the NFL announced that it is in talks with unnamed potential partners interested in streaming rights for the Thursday night games. While no companies were named by the NFL, Variety's sources say Apple may be among the interested parties:
The NFL didn't say what companies those were, but multiple sources say Apple, Amazon, Google and Verizon Communications are among the players expected to put in bids for the marquee property. The "Thursday Night Football" digital rights could be sold to more than one distributor, and the league is considering a variety of scenarios, including potentially mixing in games played overseas, according to one source familiar with the talks.
The comments come after the NFL announced a two-year TV broadcast deal with CBS and NBC that will see the network splitting broadcast duties for Thursday games. Apple was previously said to be in negotiations with the NFL for streaming rights to three matches that will take place in London later this year. It's not clear if those talks are still ongoing.