Today it was announced that Verizon and the NFL have reached a new five year deal for streaming rights of NFL games. Well, Verizon will still be able to stream NFL games on Verizon and the Go90 streaming service they will lose exclusive mobile streaming rights to NFL games.
“We’re making a commitment to fans for Verizon’s family of media properties to become the mobile destination for live sports,” said Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon. “The NFL is a great partner for us and we are excited to take its premier content across a massive mobile scale so viewers can enjoy live football and other original NFL content where and how they want it. We believe that partnerships like this are a win for fans, but also for partners and advertisers looking for a mobile-first experience.”
“Verizon has been a key NFL partner, both in the distribution of games on NFL mobile and as a sponsor, since 2010 and we’re thrilled to be both extending and expanding our relationship with them,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Our expanded partnership with Verizon is great for our fans. Starting with the upcoming playoffs and for seasons to come, live NFL action directly on your mobile device – regardless of carrier – will give millions of fans additional ways to follow their favorite sport.”
Now other streaming services will be able to strike deals with the NFL for mobile streaming. Now, this does not mean DIRECTV NOW or PlayStation Vue that will happen overnight. It is likely a new contract will be needed to include rights for mobile streaming. Also, this new deal won’t start until the 2018 NFL season.
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