NFL’s Streaming Deal

Alyssa Greer, Journalist

Logo for the NFL Super Bowl

The National Football League, more commonly called the NFL, is known for their famous football games across the U.S, however watching these games is often difficult seeing how it is only shown on limited channels, but luckily they are working to make these videos easier for more people to watch. The NFL has recently announced they have signed long term agreements with several live streaming platforms including Amazon, CBS, ESPN/ABC, FOX, as well as NBC. This will all be in an effort to make their games more accessible for everyone to watch.

Roger Goodwell, a Commissioner for the NFL stated, “these new media deals will provide our fans even greater access to the games they love. We’re proud to grow our partnerships with the most innovative media companies in the market. Along with our recently completed labor agreement with the NFLPA, these distribution agreements bring an unprecedented era of stability to the League and will permit us to continue to grow and improve our game.”

These agreements will officially take effect in 2023, starting at the beginning of the season, continuing to run through 2033. The Super Bowl in future years is scheduled to air on these platforms in odd and even patterns. CBS will host the Super Bowl from 2023, 2027, 2031, while FOX will also air in 2024, 2028, 2032. Lastly, NBC will host the Super Bowl in 2025, 2029, and 2033, as well as ABC hosting it in 2026, and 2030.

Brian Rolapp, business officer, chief media for NFL has stated, “Most of our fans enjoy NFL football on TV or on their phone, but don’t get to go to the stadium. So having long-term really good partners who can bring football at a high-production value into your household or onto your phone or your digital device is really important to us. And so when we started these discussions and had the chance to put in some long-term commitment with some really good partners, we worked really hard to do it and I think long-term means a lot of good football for fans for years to come.”

Logos of the streaming companies NFL will be partnering with

While these deals will take place in the next few years, the current scheduling and airing schedules will stay the same. CBS will continue to show the Sunday afternoon games, ESPN will still host Monday Night Football, FOX will keep their package of Sunday afternoon games, and NBC will continue to air Sunday Night Football.

While the NFL and their live streams will go on as scheduled, these plans will open up good opportunities for viewers and the NFL alike.