August 19, 2009

NFL deal with NBC extended

The NFL announced Wednesday it has extended its contract with NBC Sports to televise league games on Sunday night through 2013.

The original six-year contract would have expired following the 2011 season.

In addition to televising Sunday games, the contract allows NBC to televise the season-opening Thursday night game each year, along with both of the Saturday games on the first weekend of the playoffs.

The contract also calls for a continuation of the flexible scheduling, which permits NBC to move games into the Sunday night slot late in the season to show contests that have implications for the standings.