Verizon to Stream NFL Games (Including Super Bowl)

Hope Soto
December 12, 2017

Under the deal, customers with other carriers can watch live games on Verizon's Oath media properties.

Verizon announced a multi-year partnership with the NFL that allows fans to stream all national and in-market games on any mobile device, regardless of carrier.

The full deal goes into effect in the 2018-19 season, but some NFL postseason games will hit Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, go90 and the NFL Mobile app in January, 2018. Various estimates pegged the 5-year deal at over $2 billion, with Verizon paying roughly $400 million to $450 million annually vs. the $250 million it paid under the previous contract. All content will be available to mobile users through Verizon properties regardless of carrier (meaning you aren't required to have Verizon Wireless, which had exclusive rights since 2010). Starting in January 2018, anyone can watch the National Football League their phones regardless of carrier, as Verizon boosts content its Yahoo arm.

Verizon Communications Inc. shares were trading at $51.71 per share on Monday afternoon, up $0.62 (+1.21%). And Verizon paid the league around $20 million to live-stream a single regular-season game (the September 24 Ravens-Jaguars meeting in London), paying a premium because it wasn't broadcast nationally in the U.S.

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"We're making a commitment to fans for Verizon's family of media properties to become the mobile destination for live sports". The NFL has broadened the number of platforms where its games are available, in an effort to keep up with changing viewing habits among viewers, particularly those in the 18- to 34-year-old demographic. The current pact expires after this season.

Fritzsche noted the partnership comes as many tech companies are increasingly interested in sports content. Amazon, for example, had global streaming rights to the Thursday Night Football lineup last season.

TV broadcast rights, however, are still where the National Football League makes its mint.

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