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Amazon Adds Exclusive Game In New TNF Deal

“The new deal now syncs up with FOX’s deal to carry the games on linear TV. Both will expire after the 2022 season.”

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NFL fans that have cut the chord will have to stick with Amazon to watch Thursday Night Football. The digital giant extended its deal with the league to stream the eleven-game package through Amazon Prime and Twitch through the 2022 season. The new deal also comes with an exclusive game.

Amazon picks up the rights to one Saturday night NFL game during the second half of each season during the deal. The company will have to sell over-the-air broadcast rights to a local station in the city of each team playing. Otherwise, the game will be an Amazon exclusive.

No terms of the new deal were disclosed. In 2018 Amazon agreed to pay $65 million per season to be the streaming home of Thursday Night Football.

The new deal now syncs up with FOX’s deal to carry the games on linear TV. Both will expire after the 2022 season. That could indicate Amazon’s desire to acquire exclusive rights to the Thursday night package the next time they are on the market.

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Cris Collinsworth: John Madden Always Found the Funny in Football

“Those were the kind of things that for the generation that didn’t get to hear John on a daily basis, they missed a lot of fun,” he said.

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It’s been several months since the passing of NFL legend John Madden, but the remembrances of the Super Bowl winning coach and beloved broadcaster continue.

Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth told Bryan Curtis on The Press Box podcast that one thing that he’ll always remember about Madden is his ability to keep things lively on broadcasts.

“John could always find something fun or funny in football. It never detracted from the game,” Collinsworth said. “Like he never would talk about any of that stuff, but if a bird flew on the field or the guy took off his helmet and steam was coming out, or as a former offensive lineman it was ok for him to talk about an offensive lineman’s gut hanging over his belt buckle.”

Cris added that given Madden’s unique personality, newer football fans have missed out.

“Those were the kind of things that for the generation that didn’t get to hear John on a daily basis, they missed a lot of fun,” he said. “They just missed the ability to have a laugh. He was the same way in real life too.”

Collinsworth told a story about how Madden showed up to a party he was hosting and spent an hour talking football with his two sons. That was just true to Madden’s nature.

“My kids are sitting there wide-eyed that John Madden is doing all this stuff, and at the end of it, he gets up, he goes over gives my wife Holly a hug, shakes my hand, he goes, ‘This was a great party. It was just a great party, I gotta go, I had the best time, see ya guys, we’ll see ya.’ That’s it,” Collinsworth said. “He didn’t talk to anybody else, he got engaged with football with my two boys, and that was it. That was the whole thing. I go, ‘He’s the coolest guy in the world right there.’ I love John Madden.”

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Amazon Unveils Theme Music for ‘Thursday Night Football’

“Our goal is to create a new NFL tradition on Thursday nights,” Amazon vice president for global video Marie Donoghue said. “Part of that is creating an iconic theme.”

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Amazon has released the theme music that will be used for its Thursday Night Football broadcasts set to begin on Prime Video next month.

The score was composed by Pinar Toprak. Toprak has composed scores for films like Captain Marvel and elements for the popular video game FortNite. She told USA Today that her first submission to Amazon was ultimately the music selected.

Toprak also said she tried to pull from other NFL theme music for inspiration, which she hopes will draw a range of emotions out of people when they hear it.

“Excitement, anticipation, power, strength, team, togetherness,” Toprak said. “In the other versions, we have some really fun moments, too. The contrasts between joy and tension and relief mirror the ebbs and flows of a football game.”

“Our goal is to create a new NFL tradition on Thursday nights,” Amazon vice president for global video Marie Donoghue said. “Part of that is creating an iconic theme. You listen to this once, you’re humming the theme. We think it’s really identifiable and will really set the tone in getting our audience excited for that night’s broadcast.”

The theme will make its debut on August 25 during preseason coverage. Amazon’s regular season slate of games begins in Week 2 on September 15.

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Ryen Russillo: ‘Why Would You Talk About Politics On Your Sports Show?’

“Why would you talk about politics on your sports show? Now people could say ‘Hey this is more important. This is more important than sports’.”

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Ryen Russillo joined Barstool’s Pardon My Take podcast in studio, and shared an interesting story about a sign at ESPN Radio that shaped what he talked about during his time with the network.

“When I was first at ESPN, so ’06, there was a sign up in the radio department that said ‘If what you’re talking about is not interesting to an 18-45 year old male, stop talking about it’,” Russillo revealed. “For the old rules, why would you talk about religion on your sports talk show? Why would you talk about politics on your sports show? Now people could say ‘Hey this is more important. This is more important than sports’.

“Well, no shit this stuff is more important than sports. But you know what? They don’t talk about sex trafficking on (CNBC). Because that show’s about money. Those shows are about finances and all this other stuff. Is it as important as all these other horrible things that happened? Of course it isn’t. But that’s not what the job is. So that’s where I think again — this is expanding into a much bigger deal — I’d love to talk about some of this stuff, but I know I can’t win no matter what I do.”

Later in the episode, Russillo discussed how proud he was of his Brandon Marshall interview. Russillo had confirmed former Pro Bowl wide receiver and I Am Athlete co-host Brandon Marshall to appear on his podcast. When the interview time rolled around, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall appeared on the screen. The former ESPN Radio host asked the linebacker a few questions before ending the interview. The podcast aired both interviews with both Brandon Marshall’s.

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