Twitter Just Scored The Rights To Stream Thursday Night NFL Games

Twitter reportedly beat out Verizon, Yahoo and Amazon for the rights to stream the games.
Posted at 10:48 AM, Apr 05, 2016

Live NFL games are coming to Twitter.

The social media site and the NFL have agreed to a deal, bringing Thursday Night Football games to the social media site. Twitter reportedly beat out Verizon, Yahoo and Amazon.

"Michael Strahan's teeth are having a middle school dance party where the boys stand on one side of the room and the girls stand on the other," former New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan joked on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

The announcement comes roughly a week after Facebook publicly dropped out of bidding for the games, supposedly because it couldn't find common ground with the NFL's advertising model.

Thursday Night Football games have been a tough sell to football fans. Those games dominated other programs on Thursday, but haven't brought in half as many fans as Sundays do.

That's part of the reason why the NFL might be willing to experiment and cater to a fan base who's cutting the cord more and more often.

The NFL dipped into online live streaming last year when it partnered with Yahoo to bring fans the Buffalo Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars game from London. It got mixed reviews.

While the NFL was "thrilled with results," others described the viewership numbers as "less impressive" and the game stream as a "disaster."

All 10 Thursday Night Football games will also be televised on NBC and CBS as well as simulcast on NFL Network.

This video includes clips from Twitter and Facebook, and images from Getty Images.