Inside the NFL's Money Machine

Broadcast Rights
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Broadcast Rights

Annually, the NFL redistributes upwards of $4 billion in radio, TV and digital earnings across its 32 teams -- $125 million a piece, plus an equal share for the league -- and that number shows no sign of declining. The 19 highest-rated fall TV programs (and 28 of the top 30) were NFL games, and this year's Super Bowl was the most-watched program ever.
ESPN pays $1 billion per season (18 games).
DirecTV pays $1 billion per season (8 games plus NFL Sunday Ticket).
Fox pays $712.5 million per season (102 games).
NBC pays $650 million per season (18 games).
CBS pays $622.5 million per season (102 games).

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