The NFL and Verizon announced Monday morning that they are extending and expanding their partnership, which will allow fans to stream in-market and national games regardless of their mobile network.
According to a press release announcing the deal, the new agreement will start next month with the streaming of NFL playoff games on Yahoo, which Verizon recently acquired for $4.8 billion. It will also include the Super Bowl.
"Our expanded partnership with Verizon is great for our fans," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Starting with the upcoming playoffs and for seasons to come, live NFL action directly on your mobile device — regardless of carrier — will give millions of fans additional ways to follow their favorite sport."
ESPN reported that Verizon paid roughly $2.5 billion as part of the five-year deal, which ensures that the company will remain an official sponsor of the NFL.
Verizon had previously held exclusive mobile streaming rights for the NFL, providing a benefit to its subscribers. But starting next month, the company will allow games Thursday night, Sunday night, Monday night and in-market Sunday games to be streamed on several of the company's mobile and online platforms.
“We’re making a commitment to fans for Verizon’s family of media properties to become the mobile destination for live sports,” Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said in a statement.
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