The NFL’s future is set to be changed in a big way when the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, steps down this year.
In what is likely to be a historic event, the NFL’s television ratings are expected to soar, according to a report from Sports Business Daily.
It was previously reported that the league would be shutting down after the 2020 season, but ESPN has now confirmed the exact number of games that would be played during the transition period.
The numbers are expected be more than triple the 10,000 games that were played in the 2015 season.
The report also revealed that the average NFL team would be playing fewer than 10 games per season during the transitional period, with a total of 22 games in 2020 and 2021.
The NFL’s new owners would be given the option of extending the current collective bargaining agreement or a new one that is much larger.
This new deal would have the potential to make the league more profitable.
The NBA, which is still struggling financially and has lost millions of fans in recent years, has also been the subject of intense speculation about its future.
The NBA has a new owner, the Atlanta Hawks, who are set to take over as the league capitalises on the lucrative free agency market and is expected to spend upwards of $300 million per year in the coming years.
In addition to a potential increase in television ratings, the NBA could be able to secure its own television rights to the NFL, which would give the league even more leverage to secure the rights to its games.
In an attempt to lure a new TV deal, the league is expected move towards the idea of selling its home games to international television rights holders.
This could involve a deal that would see a handful of the teams in the league take part in international TV rights.
The move would also bring the NFL closer to a television deal with the NFL Network, which currently only broadcasts the NFL on US television.
This is a potential boost to the league if the network is successful in gaining international rights.
However, the transition could also come at a huge cost for the league.
In addition to the revenue lost due to the end of the league, the leagues revenue could plummet by as much as $50 million annually if the transition were to occur.
This article originally appeared on Al Jazeera and is re-posted here with permission.