For years, football tradition held that there were two NFL games each Thanksgiving. The league added a third game, played at night, and placed it on the NFL Network, which many cable subscribers need to pay an extra monthly fee to watch. Starting next year, all three Thanksgiving games will be on network TV, with the late game moving to NBC.
According to NFL Communications, the announcement comes as part of the league’s new TV deal, which runs through the 2022 season. ESPN has Monday Night Football locked down through 2021.
Other than the Thanksgiving night shift, everything is remaining the same for viewers. In the story, the league notes that games that air on the NFL Network and ESPN are also available on channels viewers in the participating teams’ markets can get over the air.
The tradition continues: NFL to remain on broadcast TV [NFL Communications via Pro Football Talk]