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Google in Talks to Bring NFL Games to YouTube

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.

  • mcd023
    I'd be all over that!
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  • tolham
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Problem i could see with this, is people working around the blackout rules easily

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  • capt_taco
    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
    googlecast NFL and NCAA right from youtube... world changed.
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  • BranFlake5
    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
    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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