He spoke with two sources that told him that the NFL could make the Sunday packages a little more utilitarian. Currently the AFC package belongs to CBS and the NFC package belongs to Fox, but if this plan is enacted, both networks would receive a package of games equally split between the two conferences.
Steinberg does note that “The talks are extremely preliminary, one of these people cautions, and may not come to fruition.”
The NFL’s current TV deals are still in place for a while. Monday Night Football is on ESPN until 2021. Fox and CBS’s Sunday afternoon packages, as well as NBC’s Sunday Night Football are locked in until 2022. So is Fox’s Thursday Night Football contract.
Formal negotiations won’t begin for a while, but CBS is already strategizing to keep at least one package of games on its airwaves. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus recently said the network has “four years remaining on our NFL contract and we fully expect to keep the NFL on CBS for many years to come,” on a call with investors.