Published on October 23rd, 2017 | by Brad Gibson0
Verizon’s exclusive mobile NFL game rights reportedly nearing an end
Verizon’s exclusive four-year rights to NFL games on mobile devices is coming to an end opening the door to various other stream services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and DIRECTV NOW to grab the prestigious NFL package.
The Sports Business Journal reports negotiations are underway for 2018-2019 rights, including how games would be seen on mobile devices. At present, the contract with Verizon restricts games like ‘Monday Night Football’ and ‘Thursday Night Football’ from being seen on mobile phones regardless if they are broadcast on other networks like ESPN and CBS. It remains to be seen what restrictions, if any, would impact viewing with a new provider.
Verizon could retain its sponsorship and rights to stream games, but it appears other mobile companies and streaming providers would get the opportunity to air the streams as well.
Streaming services like Sling TV and Hulu didn’t exist when the rights package was agreed to with Verizon back in 2014. With the addition of such services, NFL sources told the Sports Business Journal the strategy is to make games available on as many platforms – including streaming ones – as possible.