Why 49ers-Cardinals Saturday Amazon particular would be the solely NFL recreation this season not on tv

Why 49ers-Cardinals Saturday Amazon special will be the only NFL game this season not on television

The NFL Week 16 schedule features a uncommon Saturday triple-header, nonetheless, that will not be the one uncommon factor concerning the slate of video games scheduled for Dec. 26. For simply the second time ever, the NFL has given unique rights to a recreation to an web firm. 

You probably have NFL Community, you’ll watch the 1 p.m. early recreation (Buccaneers at Lions) and the 8:15 p.m. ET late recreation (Dolphins at Raiders) on Saturday, however you will not be capable to watch the center recreation between 49ers and the Cardinals, which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.

The one approach to watch that recreation is by streaming it by way of Amazon Prime or Twitch. The NFL giving unique rights to an everyday season recreation to a non-television community is a extremely uncommon factor that nearly by no means occurs. The one different time the league has allowed a streaming firm to air a recreation got here in 2017 when Yahoo was given rights to a Ravens-Jaguars recreation that was performed in London. 

This time round, Amazon was given a standalone recreation as a part of a brand new streaming deal the web large signed with the NFL again in April. Not solely did the deal give Amazon the rights to stream Thursday video games by way of 2022, however the deal additionally included one recreation for Amazon that would not be obtainable to any nationwide TV community and that recreation is the one being performed on Saturday afternoon in Arizona. 

After all, the NFL will not be utterly ditching televisions for that recreation. Below league broadcasting guidelines, all video games have to be obtainable on over-the-air TV within the markets of the 2 groups which might be taking part in, which suggests the one method you may watch the 49ers-Cardinals recreation on tv is in case you stay in Phoenix (the place it should air on Fox-10) or in case you stay in San Francisco (the place it should air on NBC Bay Space). Everybody else must watch on Amazon Prime or Twitch. 

The sport is definitely being produced by CBS, which suggests you will see some acquainted faces like Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and Sherree Burruss (sideline) in case you watch the Amazon stream. 

In the event you’re questioning why the NFL would give Amazon a standalone recreation, there are a number of causes. For one, Amazon paid some huge cash for it, however extra importantly, it permits the league to seek out out what the nationwide urge for food is for video games which might be solely obtainable by way of streaming. The NFL’s present tv take care of every community is about to run out after the 2022 season (ESPN’s expires following the 2021 season), which suggests the league is presently deep in negotiations to increase these. One of many choices for the NFL might be to promote some form of streaming bundle and if that occurs, do not be stunned if it entails Sunday Ticket, which is presently on DirecTV. 

In accordance to the Sports activities Enterprise Journal, Amazon Prime Video, ESPN+, NBCUniversal’s Peacock and DAZN are all doubtlessly curious about touchdown the rights to Sunday Ticket, which might permit them to air out-of-market video games to anybody who subscribes. In line with the New York Submit, Amazon may additionally find yourself making an attempt to accumulate unique rights to “Thursday Evening Soccer,” so loads might be altering on the streaming entrance because the bids to land NFL video games are hashed out over the following few months.  

Anyway, in case you’ve already forgotten methods to watch every Saturday recreation in Week 16, here is a fast reminder:

  • Buccaneers at Lions: 1 p.m. ET (NFL Community) 
  • 49ers at Cardinals: 4:30 p.m. ET (Amazon Prime Video and Twitch) 
  • Dolphins at Raiders: 8:15 p.m. ET (NFL Community) 

The Buccaneers will clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Lions whereas the Raiders can be formally eradicated in the event that they lose to the Dolphins. 

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