Earlier today we reported the confirmation that the USFL will be televised on both NBC and FOX for their 2022 season. Rumors of a potential broadcast split started popping up back in October when the USFL made their pitch to the city of Birmingham, AL to serve as a central hub in 2022.
The deal with Birmingham would see the city host all eight teams for the first season, with as many as four in 2023. The plan would be to then migrate all of the franchises to their respective cities for the third season. In the league’s proposal, they had mentioned that they plan was to split the broadcasting evenly between FOX, FOX Sports, NBC and USA.
When the news was confirmed earlier, it stated that the games would be televised on NBC, USA, as well as the Peacock TV streaming service.
Additionally, we learned that the USFL would be receiving rights fees from NBC, with the deal lasting for three years. As expected, NBC put out an official press release on their deal with the USFL in 2022; which gives us some better insight on the plans.
The press release outlines the broadcasting split between the network properties. 10 games will be televised on NBC, 9 on USA with Peacock TV exclusively airing four. On the FOX side, 12 will be on FOX, with 10 on FS1.
NBC Sports will present 21 USFL games in 2022 on NBC (8), USA Network (9), and Peacock (4), and FOX Sports will carry 22 games split between FOX (12) and FS1 (10).
This is huge exposure for a new league, plus with the rights fees and a three year deal the league has all the opportunities needed to succeed.
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You can read the full press release below:
USFL REACHES MEDIA RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH NBC SPORTS
NBC Sports Joins FOX Sports as New League’s Official Broadcast and Streaming Partners
Los Angeles – December 15, 2021 – The USFL announced today that it reached a multi-year agreement with NBC Sports to present the new league’s regular and postseason games beginning in April 2022. NBC Sports joins FOX Sports as the league’s official broadcast partners set to carry all 43 games.
While the league will release its official television schedule at a later date, NBC Sports will present 21 USFL games in 2022 on NBC (8), USA Network (9), and Peacock (4), and FOX Sports will carry 22 games split between FOX (12) and FS1 (10). The combined regular-season coverage on NBC and FOX will give the USFL more national over-the-air broadcast windows (20) than any regularly scheduled sport in the first half of the year.
“We’re excited to partner with the USFL and FOX Sports to present this new era of professional football,” said Pete Bevacqua, Chairman, NBC Sports. “With our multiple platforms across broadcast, cable, and streaming, football fans throughout the country will be able to experience the USFL’s opening season this spring.”
“We’re thrilled to have NBC Sports join FOX Sports as an official media partner of the new USFL,” said FOX Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks, who will serve as Chairman of the USFL’s Board of Directors. “Like FOX, NBC has a reputation for excellence in football production, and the exposure both companies have committed to the USFL, including a combined 20 games on broadcast television, will provide fans unprecedented access all season long.”
In 2022, the USFL’s eight teams will play in one host city, which the league will announce shortly. The Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, and Tampa Bay Bandits comprise the teams in the South Division. The North Division features the Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars, and Pittsburgh Maulers. Each team will play a 10-game schedule, followed by semifinals between the top two teams in each division and a championship game between division winners.
Last month, the USFL named Brian Woods, a league co-founder, President of Football Operations; former Dallas Cowboys standout and longtime NFL on FOX game analyst Daryl Johnston, Executive Vice President, Football Operations; former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX Sports’ NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira,Head of Officiating; and FOX Sports’ Edward Hartman, Executive Vice President, Business Operations.
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