Netflix Surprises by Announcing NFL Christmas Game Broadcasts for the Next 3 Years!

OMG… Netflix is really shaking things up in the sports world. They just announced a partnership with the NFL to broadcast games on Christmas Day for the next three years.

For fans who love combining the holiday spirit with the excitement of football, this is amazing news. The announcement was made recently, marking another big win for the streaming giant.

Mike North from the NFL explained that Christmas games were not part of the original plan for the 2024 regular season. However, the rising audience numbers and the interest from broadcast partners changed things. Last year, the Christmas game viewership was incredible, averaging 28.68 million viewers. Fans made it clear they want more games on this special day.

This Christmas, Netflix will air two games, and at least one game in 2025 and 2026. This year, the first game will feature the current Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 10 AM (Vancouver time). Then, we’ll have the Baltimore Ravens against the Houston Texans at 1:30 PM. This will be only the third time since 1950 that the NFL will play on a Wednesday.

Since 1971, the NFL has played 30 Christmas Day games, but most avoided weekdays. The success of past games, especially last year’s numbers, showed the NFL that there is a huge demand. With Christmas falling on a Thursday in 2025, we expect Netflix and Amazon to broadcast one game each. In 2026, which falls on a Friday, we are looking forward to at least two games.

Jeff Miller, the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Communications, Public Affairs, and Policy, highlighted the importance of this partnership for expanding the sport’s global audience. Netflix, with its 270 million paid subscribers in over 190 countries, is the perfect partner for this mission.

Hans Schroeder, Executive Vice President of NFL Media, mentioned that the teams playing on Christmas will have their Week 16 games on the previous Saturday, giving them enough preparation time. The last time the league played on a Wednesday was December 2, 2020, due to COVID-19 pandemic adjustments.

Although Netflix started venturing into live broadcasts last year with golf and tennis events, this partnership with the NFL is a big step. The company will also broadcast the fight between Mike Tyson and Jake Paul on July 20, showing its commitment to expanding its sports portfolio.

For NFL fans, this news promises to bring even more excitement to the holiday season. What do you think about this news? Comment below!

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