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Google in Talks to Bring NFL Games to YouTube

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YouTube could be home to NFL Sunday Ticket.

Google could be bidding for NFL’s Sunday Ticket package. The rights currently belong to DirecTV in a $1 billion yearly deal, but that agreement will expire at the end of the 2014 season. That timing makes it reasonable to expect that the NFL is now entertaining offers from bidders.

According to AllThingsD sources, Google CEO Larry Page and YouTube business leader Robert Kyncl met with an NFL group led by commissioner Roger Goodell. The Sunday Ticket package was supposedly among the topics discussed.

Furthermore, the report claims that the NFL is reportedly willing to consider an "over the top" provider ancillary to the deals it makes with traditional broadcast companies.

While Netflix is competing directly against cable companies, Google has yet to make a similar move with its YouTube service. A deal with the NFL could give potential cord cutters that last push to transition online.

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    mcd023 , August 21, 2013 9:44 AM
    I'd be all over that!
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    tolham , August 21, 2013 10:06 AM
    excellent move on google's part, assuming this is true. netflix, hulu and piracy will the be death of cable. cable's last stronghold is live sports. if google gets live sports on youtube, then nobody needs cable anymore.
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    ddpruitt , August 21, 2013 10:36 AM
    I'll jump on that, I know people that have cable just to get the games. This one provider only thing is insane and should have been banned a long time ago.
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    axehead15 , August 21, 2013 11:27 AM
    I'm looking for a reason to drop cable completely, this would help. Can't drop it atm because the wife likes the Broncos, and I like the Bills. Can only get Bills games on OTA channels, and can't get Thursday night games on those.

    This would be awesome.
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    gm0n3y , August 21, 2013 12:00 PM
    While I personally can't stand football (it is so slow and boring), this could be a great move by Google, assuming the price isn't insane.
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    mobrocket , August 21, 2013 12:04 PM
    Problem i could see with this, is people working around the blackout rules easily

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    capt_taco , August 21, 2013 12:19 PM
    Since the NFL is notorious for trying to extract money from fans by making it as difficult as possible to see games on TV, I am not holding my breath that this will suddenly change much for the better. No doubt it'll be either a pay-per-view scheme or a monthly subscription of, say, $39.99 or more.
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    cocogorilla , August 21, 2013 12:30 PM
    googlecast NFL and NCAA right from youtube... world changed.
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    BranFlake5 , August 21, 2013 4:26 PM
    I'm fine with WatchESPN for now. I'd bet that this might link your access to your ISP or TV/Cable provider.
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    sneakyazshiite , August 21, 2013 7:41 PM
    This is great, but my biggest and only worry is throttling thats going to occur -already does- onto youtube and netflix. Especially if youre going through a cable company for internet. Google Fiber pls save us!
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    antilycus , August 22, 2013 7:02 AM
    right now if you want to stream games from NFL sunday ticket, the cost is 500 USD. (down from 600, which didn't require a satellite). NFL Gamepass in Europe is 100 USD (this year) to follow 1 team and 200 USD to follow all teams. (you have to connect from a non-us, canada or mexico IP).

    More than likely the youtube version would be 300-350 dollars. RIP OFF. the NFL is today's MOB and MAFIA. They can do whatever they want and they know it.
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