Netflix to Host Two Christmas Day NFL Games

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Netflix to Host Two Christmas Day NFL Games

By Movieguide® Contributor

Netflix has secured the rights to host two NFL Christmas Day games this year.

The streamer will also show at least one Christmas game in 2025 and 2026.

“The Netflix Christmas Day games will also air on broadcast TV in the competing teams’ cities, and they’ll be available on U.S. mobile devices with NFL+. Netflix will pay about $150 million total for the Christmas Day games this year ($75 million per game),” Variety reported.

Those Christmas Day games will feature the Kansas City Chiefs, the reigning Super Bowl Champions, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Bela Bajaria said, “Last year, we decided to take a big bet on live — tapping into massive fandoms across comedy, reality TV, sports, and more. There are no live annual events, sports or otherwise, that compare with the audiences NFL football attracts. We’re so excited that the NFL’s Christmas Day games will be only on Netflix.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be the first professional sports league to partner with Netflix to bring live games to fans around the world,” added Hans Schroeder, the NFL Executive Vice President of Media Distribution. “The NFL on Christmas has become a tradition and to partner with Netflix, a service whose biggest day of the year is typically this holiday, is the perfect combination to grow this event globally for NFL fans.”

This isn’t the first collaboration between Netflix and the NFL. The streamer took on the docuseries QUARTERBACK (2023) and will release a new sports series called RECEIVER this summer which will showcase some of the top receivers in the league to date.

Those athletes include Davante Adams (Raiders), Justin Jefferson (Vikings), George Kittle, Deebo Samuel (both 49ers) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (Lions).

Movieguide® previously reported:

Following the success of QUARTERBACK, RECEIVER is slated to hit the streaming service this summer.

“The natural progression is from a pass to a catch, so we’re excited to dive into the RECEIVER world after the success of our QUARTERBACK series. NFL Films and Omaha Productions have delivered again in finding unique and dynamic athletes who will further highlight the drama of this sport on and off the field,” said Gabe Spitzer, Vice President of nonfiction sports at Netflix.

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