Verizon signs US$21 million deal with NFL

US tech firm to live-stream Ravens versus Jags NFL London clash.

4 May 2017 George Dudley
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Verizon has secured the exclusive live-streaming rights to the National Football League (NFL) game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars, which will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium on the 24th September.   

According to The Wall Street Journal, the telecommunications giant will be paying the league US$21 million for rights to the regular-season game at the home of English soccer. The clash will be available across the New Jersey-based company’s portfolio of video platforms AOL, Fios TV, Go90 and Complex.com. It will also be available on the NFL Mobile app to Verizon Wireless customers, and the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10. 

Verizon has had to pay such a high premium for a single game because the tie will not be broadcast on national TV in the US. 

“Verizon will be the NFL’s exclusive digital partner to deliver the live stream of the Week 3 International Series game in London to a global audience,” stated an NFL statement.

The NFL is no stranger to live streaming platforms. Last month, Amazon signed a deal with the NFL for the international streaming rights to Thursday Night Football (TNF). The ten-match deal is believed to be worth US$50 million but, unlike the Verizon agreement, the TNF matches will be simulcast with national broadcasters NBC and CBS.

Verizon has secured the exclusive live-streaming rights to the National Football League (NFL) game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars, which will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium on the 24th September.   

According to The Wall Street Journal, the telecommunications giant will be paying the league US$21 million for rights to the regular-season game at the home of English soccer. The clash will be available across the New Jersey-based company’s portfolio of video platforms AOL, Fios TV, Go90 and Complex.com. It will also be available on the NFL Mobile app to Verizon Wireless customers, and the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10. 

Verizon has had to pay such a high premium for a single game because the tie will not be broadcast on national TV in the US. 

“Verizon will be the NFL’s exclusive digital partner to deliver the live stream of the Week 3 International Series game in London to a global audience,” stated an NFL statement.

The NFL is no stranger to live streaming platforms. Last month, Amazon signed a deal with the NFL for the international streaming rights to Thursday Night Football (TNF). The ten-match deal is believed to be worth US$50 million but, unlike the Verizon agreement, the TNF matches will be simulcast with national broadcasters NBC and CBS.