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Scott Soshnick and Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg report that Fox is close to a deal for the broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football. Fox’s Thursday Night Football bid is reportedly higher than the $45 million per game price ($450 million over 10 games) that CBS and NBC combined to pay last year.

21st Century Fox Inc. is close to a deal for the rights to “Thursday Night Football,” according to people familiar with the matter, betting that adding NFL games to its prime-time schedule will boost viewership despite the league’s recent decline in the ratings.

The company submitted a bid that’s higher than the $45 million a game CBS and NBC agreed to pay last year, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information.

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand confirms the report, adding that an announcement on the deal could come as early as Wednesday.

Ourand says that Fox will carry 11 Thursday Night Football games, “sharing with NFL Network and a digital partner.” The NFL is still taking bids for the digital rights, with Amazon and Twitter expected to be among the bidders. Ourand adds that Fox “will have expanded mobile rights.”

And if Fox gets the TNF games, who will the announcers be? It apparently won’t be the network’s A-team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

Fox winning the rights to TNF wouldn’t exactly come as a surprise. It’s been reported over the last few weeks that Fox has been aggressive in its pursuit of the rights, while CBS and NBC have been decreasing their offers.

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