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Turner Sports weighing return to NFL; would face heavy competition for rights

NEW YORK — Remember the “NFL on TNT”? There could be a reboot in the next few years.

Turner Sports is considering a possible bid for NFL television rights in 2022 after the league’s current deals expire.

“We’re always looking at the NFL. Everyone looks at the NFL. You’d have to be crazy not to look at the NFL,” Will Funk, Turner’s executive vice president of property marketing and corporate partnerships, told Sporting News during Turner’s annual upfront presentation.

Funk, though, cautioned, “It’s got to be the right fit for us, like everything else we’re doing.”

A return to the NFL by TNT after an absence of two decades would make a lot of sense. Remember, TNT split the Sunday night package with ESPN from 1990-97.

Overriding the two-season rule “would put an undue risk to the Super Bowl and our fans,” commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference Tuesday.

Tampa had been the runner-up in the last host-selection round and was quick to step in and fill the void. The city has hosted the Super Bowl four times, most recently after the 2008 season when the Steelers edged the Cardinals for their most recent title.

“The Tampa Bay area has enjoyed great success over the years hosting Super Bowls and we look forward to working with our local leaders in the coming months to meet the requirements for Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021,” Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a release. “Today’s announcement offers us the opportunity to showcase Tampa Bay’s unique ability to come together as a host for world-class Cheap Jerseys In US events.”

Rams COO Kevin Demoff said the Rams will continue to work “to deliver the elements promised in the bid that was approved last year.”