Published: Tue, December 12, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Verizon buys National Football League live streaming rights for Yahoo Sports

Verizon buys National Football League live streaming rights for Yahoo Sports

Corrections & Amplifications Verizon will have the rights to stream Sunday afternoon in-market games on tablets, but not the national prime-time games.

Verizon's rights extend to mobile phones across all carriers and across Oath properties, including Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, AOL, and Go90.

By placing one of the country's most valuable media properties on Yahoo, Verizon is aiming to boost its newly expanded media arm.

The NFL and Verizon announced today that they have entered into an agreement where Verizon will now be offering their NFL streaming plan to all mobile customers. Teams will also be streamable within their local markets, though out-of-market matchups will still be restricted to DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package.

"We're making a commitment to fans for Verizon's family of media properties to become the mobile destination for live sports", Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, said in a statement. Verizon bought Yahoo earlier this year in a $4.48 billion deal and combined it to with AOL to make a media-focused division called Oath.

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Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. "Starting with the upcoming playoffs and for seasons to come, live National Football League action directly on your mobile device - regardless of carrier - will give millions of fans additional ways to follow their favorite sport".

Verizon has expanded its partnership with the National Football League in the United States to stream live matches on Yahoo Sports.

The unavailability of National Football League games has been a running theme in all our reviews of streaming TV services.

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. 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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