NFL to Broadcast a Game Nationally Via Internet Only

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For the first time in its history, the National Football League will use something other than television to distribute the national broadcast of a football game.

The decision was made at the league’s owners meetings and could reflect a turning point in the league’s history. For this upcoming season’s Jacksonville Jaguars-Buffalo Bills game in Week 7, the NFL will sell the rights to a digital distribution company, be it Youtube, Facebook or another company. The game will start at 9:30 a.m. eastern time and will be played in London. The game will be broadcast locally on over-the-air networks in the home markets of Jacksonville and Buffalo. It is unclear when bids will be submitted. The game won’t be on the DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket service, which broadcasts all games nationally. This marks a clear change in the way the NFL is doing business. The league has long relied on television -- in 2011 it signed $27 billion worth of TV contracts—but they have in recent years teased the idea of a partnership with an Internet company.


NFL to Broadcast a Game Nationally Via Internet Only