Verizon Looks to Expand Its NFL Offerings while Relinquishing Monopoly on Mobile Streaming

Hold the phone! You may soon be able to stream NFL games on your mobile devices—even if you’re not a Verizon customer.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Verizon is very close to closing on a new deal with the National Football League. Up until now, Verizon has been the only company with the rights to mobile streaming Thursday Night, Monday Night, Sunday Night, and in-market Sunday day games. But the company’s agreement with the NFL is now up for renegotiation, and Verizon is reportedly looking to get NFL streaming access for smart TVs and tablets in addition to mobile phones.

While this deal would certainly make Verizon’s go90 streaming service a more viable option for football fans, it also deconstructs its monopoly on NFL mobile streaming. That leaves the door open for other streaming services to offer NFL streaming on mobile devices.

In other words, if this deal goes through, services like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue could be able to offer NFL games through their mobile apps, too.

That’s great news for NFL fans who need to watch games on the go. It would open up mobile access to pro football games to everyone, regardless of whether your cell phone plan is through Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint.

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Courtenay Stevens

Courtenay has been a professional writer for nearly 7 years. She loves that she can now help people cut the cord by merging her affinity for writing with her passion for watching TV, talking about movies, and keeping up with her various fantasy sports teams.
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