Earlier this month it was announced that Twitter had won the livestreaming rights to NFL Thursday Night Football, with 10 games in total to be broadcast on the social network.
Now, the NFL has confirmed its much anticipated schedule, including the games that will be shown live on Twitter. This year CBS and NBC will each air five games apiece, with both channels simulcasting their matches on the microblogging platform and the NFL Network.
Crucially, the Twitter livestreams will not include four games that are part of the Thursday night package, according to NBC Sports. These include the first week face-off between the defending NFL champions, the Denver Broncos, and Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers — a Super Bowl 50 rematch of epic proportions. An additional three games taking place on Thanksgiving will also skip Twitter, including the Detroit Lions match-up against the Minnesota Vikings, the Dallas Cowboys versus rivals the Washington Redskins, and the Indianapolis Colts versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Before all you Twitter addicts looking to get your live sports fix get upset, however, keep in mind that the ten selected matches will see the likes of Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Russell Wilson make their social media livestreaming debuts.
Here’s the full list of matches being broadcast live on Twitter — each game kicks off at 8:25 pm ET:
The NFL players and teams took to Twitter (where else?) to voice their reactions. Check out a few of the tweets below.
Twitter won the rights to stream NFL Thursday Night Football games following a fierce bidding war involving itself, Amazon, Facebook, Verizon, and Yahoo. The social media giant, which acts as a second screen utilized by fans to offer live commentary on a number of major sporting events, is hoping the deal will result in even more live chat on its platform.