NBC has extended its national NFL broadcasting contract for the next three seasons.
The National Football League’s Thanksgiving Day game will not be featured on television in 2021.
The league decided to move the annual fixture from late November to early December.
Exact times and TV coverage were not revealed but the deal runs from 2021 through 2027.
The game, which will remain in Chicago at the Chicago Bears home stadium of Soldier Field, will be played on a day that is not yet known but will kick off at about 12:30 GMT on 6 December.
The US sport’s governing body has revealed there will be more Thursday night games on the schedule in a move that will fan the flames of American football fever.
The six night games were first presented as possible in the 2018-19 season, and in doing so sparked a debate about the quality of the competition – and the knowledge that if they do fail then the NFL would be left without a designated premium TV window on which to promote its Thursday night content.
NBC is the beneficiary of the new agreement and will remain the official television broadcaster for the NFL.
The broadcaster holds rights to all regular season games and the Super Bowl, with an agreement to air the NFL Draft through to 2022.
Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will be played at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on 14 February, with a starting time of 15:00 GMT.
NBC will also broadcast all NFL games on Sunday and Thursday nights through the entire 2030 season, with a 13-year agreement to broadcast Thursday Night Football to 2022.