Back in the nineties, when Bill Clinton was taken to task over the verbiage of the word “it”, that was a prelude to what would come out in the 21st century. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Verizon has finalized a deal with the NFL for a $1 billion extension of their existing deal to carry NFL games on their mobile network.
What does this new deal entail? Beginning in 2014, Verizon customers will be allowed to streaming all CBS and Fox in-market Sunday afternoon games on their mobile phones. But wait! There’s more. The deal, also, covers NFL playoff games, including the Super Bowl. The overall deal gives Verizon a leg up on NFL Sunday Ticket, which only gives you seasonal games, but they do give you out of market games.
However, the major point of contention will be the term “mobile phones.” In Verizon’s deal with the NFL, this would be a sticking point as it doesn’t mention “devices” which would normally include tablets. However, I don’t see this as being an issue because it would definitely alienate many of the clientele.
It still remains to be seen how this will affect the new partnership between the NFL and Microsoft, which is a major lynchpin with their new Xbox One. I guess we will find out more hopefully around E3 or maybe as we get closer to the football season.