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Amazon Prime Video would be the unique residence for an NFL playoff recreation subsequent postseason.
Joe Flint of Wall Avenue Journal broke the information on Friday, two days earlier than the Tremendous Bowl between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.
The Chiefs notably performed within the first-ever NFL playoff recreation solely featured on a streaming service (NBCUniversal’s Peacock) after they took down the Miami Dolphins 26-7 within the AFC Wild Card spherical to start this 12 months’s postseason run.
NBCUniversal paid a minimum of $110 million for the unique rights to that recreation. Per Flint, they had been within the combine to be the house for an additional postseason matchup subsequent 12 months, but it surely’ll be Amazon who will get it in 2024.
Per Flint, the Chiefs-Dolphins recreation had 23 million viewers and “accounted for 30 % of net visitors,” making it essentially the most streamed United States occasion of all time.
In 2021, Amazon paid $11 billion for 11 years of Thursday Night time Soccer rights. This season, Amazon paid $100 million for the unique rights to the first-ever Black Friday recreation, which resulted within the Miami Dolphins beating the New York Jets 34-13.
Now Amazon is within the playoff enterprise. The sport would presumably be a wild card one, because the divisional spherical and convention championship video games are already spoken for after the newest spherical of media rights deals, which run to 2033.
Of be aware, NBC, CBS, FOX and ESPN/ABC carry one divisional spherical recreation apiece, whereas CBS and FOX cut up convention championship duties.
If this season is to be believed, then it figures Amazon will not be getting the worst of the playoff video games both. Peacock received the possibility to characteristic a superb recreation on paper between the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Chiefs and a Dolphins workforce that includes the second-highest scoring offense in soccer. The sport turned out to be a dud, however that did not cease 23 million viewers from tuning in.
In fact, NFL followers who do not subscribe to Amazon will definitely be upset that they both need to pay for the service or miss out totally to observe a playoff recreation subsequent 12 months, and it is easy to see perceive these emotions.
However given the success of the Peacock playoff recreation, it seems having a streaming service be the unique host a minimum of one playoff recreation per 12 months may be right here to remain.