Brace yourselves, NFL fans. It looks like with Direct TV’s deal with NFL Sunday Ticket expiring at the end of the 2013-14 season that there could be a new player trying to get a hold of the rights to the best football programming package there is.
According to the NFL, the fine folks at Google met with the league to discuss a number of topics including a potential deal to acquire the NFL Sunday Ticket package when the Direct TV deal runs out in 2014.
Direct TV reportedly pays $1 billion a year for the exclusive rights to the package that allows fans to watch their favorite football team wherever they are in the nation, so Google would have to up the ante. Luckily for Google, and potentially the fans, they have plenty of money to throw around.
“Members of our office meet often with innovative leaders in Silicon Valley and around the world,” the NFL said in a statement, via CNBC. “We are constantly looking for ways to make our game better on the field, in the stadium and for fans. We are not commenting on any specifics of the meetings.”
The NFL is also in discussions to renew the deal with Direct TV, but these are early stage talks and plenty of potential suitors may come around.
It would be very interesting to see what Google could do with the NFL Sunday Ticket package, but we will keep our fingers crossed and hope that it becomes available to a much greater audience.