Verizon And NFL Reach New Five-Year Streaming Rights Deal

Kristopher Nichols
December 12, 2017

The deal is worth more than $2 billion, ESPN, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal reported.

Verizon and the National Football League on Monday announced a almost $2.5 billion, five year deal, that gives Verizon the ability to stream live in-market and national NFL games on any of its websites, including Yahoo Sports.

Verizon will stream games over its go90 platform, which it launched two years ago, as well as at Yahoo and Yahoo Sports, properties it purchased in June. Specifically, NFL postseason games will be available on Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, and Go90 (along with the NFL Mobile app) beginning no later than the conference championships on January 21.

Chris and his wife started NoCable back in 2015 because they wanted to cut the cord, but there were no resources that provided exactly what they needed. The package includes live-streaming rights to the NFL's Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football games, and the Sunday day games that air on TV in viewers' local market. Also, starting with the 2018 NFL season, Verizon will become the presenting sponsor of the Pro Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Verizon has formed the Oath-branded digital media company after acquiring Yahoo and AOL aiming to boost digital advertising revenue.

The distribution of live matches through the Yahoo Sports portal and app means the games will be available to customers of any mobile operator in the United States, not just Verizon subscribers. Other big tech companies are vying for National Football League games, too, like Amazon, which paid $50 million to stream 10 games for Prime members. "And sports is going to be the most important part of that content".

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.

"This model allows our product to be much more broadly available and give greater access to our fans", Hans Schroeder, COO of National Football League media and business, said.

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