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Sources: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, YouTube All Bidding To Stream NFL's "TNF" Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 24 / 17

The NFL is "selling the rights to stream its 'Thursday Night Football' games next season, and at least four big tech companies are interested," according to Kurt Wagner of RE/CODE. Sources said that Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and YouTube have all "submitted proposals to the NFL in the hope ...

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