It has been reported that “NFL Sunday Ticket” is more likely to leave DirectTV.
Roger Goodell all but confirmed it on Friday. The NFL commissioner told CNBC that he believes the package will move to a streaming service once the league’s current contract with DirectTV expires after the upcoming season.
“I clearly imagine we will likely be moving to a streaming service,” Goodell said. “I feel that is best for the consumers at this stage. … We’ll probably have some decision by the autumn.”
Goodell declined to take a position on exactly where the service will land. He did declare: “I feel this can make it more accessible for fans.”
His latter point is one which rings true for a big swath of football fans. “Sunday Ticket” debuted in 1994 on DirectTV and has remained on the satellite service since. With some exceptions, fans who want to look at out-of-market football games at home are forced to subscribe to DirectTV’s general service along with a Sunday Ticket subscription. For consumers who don’t already subscribe, this entails switching providers, having a satellite installed and signing a contract with DirectTV all before shelling out $300-plus annually for “Sunday Ticket.”
DirectTV has offered a streaming service in recent times.
Roger Goodell expects “NFL Sunday Ticket” to have a latest home after the upcoming season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
What a “Sunday Ticket” streaming service looks like is yet to be seen. CNBC recently reported that Disney, Apple and Amazon have all submitted bids for the package. Amazon already has an exclusive deal to stream Thursday night games starting in the autumn on its Prime service.
DirectTV pays $1.5 billion annually for “Sunday Ticket” rights.