Amazon, NFL Announce First Thursday Night Football Game, Add Football Legend as Analyst
Amazon Prime Video will be the exclusive home of Thursday night football this fall, and the first game in the series has been announced. Amazon and the NFL recently revealed that the Kansas City Chiefs will face the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night footballl September 15 with pre-game coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET. Additionally, NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez will join the Thursday night football team as an analyst. The former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons tight end will provide his commentary on the pregame, halftime and postgame broadcasts.
“I am thrilled to join the team at Prime Video where they are breaking new ground as the first streaming service to get an exclusive national NFL broadcast package,” Gonzalez said in a press release. “Prime Video is a game-changer, providing fans with unrivaled and innovative ways to watch the most exciting films Thursday night football matches. I can’t wait to get back to where it all started for me in Kansas City on September 15.”
— NFL on Prime Video (@NFLonPrime) April 29, 2022
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tony join the team at Amazon,” said Jared Stacy, Director of Global Live Sports Production, Prime Video. “In addition to his Hall of Fame credentials on the field, Tony is a dynamic and thoughtful personality, who is incredibly passionate about the NFL. We look forward to Tony connecting with the fans every Thursday night and are thrilled to have it as a focal point of ours TNF crew.”
I’m thrilled to join the Prime Video team as an NFL analyst! See you for our first Thursday night football game where it all started for me in Kansas City on September 15th! @PrimeVideo @NFLonPrime #TNFonPrime pic.twitter.com/csS9nFNZ8J
—Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) April 29, 2022
On September 15, Amazon Prime Video will become the first streaming service to air an exclusive season-long national broadcast featuring the NFL. Prime Video has signed an 11-year contract that includes 15 regular season games and one preseason game per year. “Chargers-Chiefs is a classic AFC West rivalry featuring two of the most exciting young QBs in the game today. With Arrowhead’s electric atmosphere, there’s no better setting for the first Exclusive Thursday. Night football streamed on Prime Video,” Marie Donoghue, vice president of Global Sports Video, Amazon said in a statement.
Gonzalez played in the NFL from 1997 to 2013 and was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro team selection. After retiring in 2013, Gonzalez began his career in broadcasting, appearing as an analyst on CBS from 2014 to 2016 and then on Fox from 2017 to 2020.