There’s reportedly a major update on the future of the popular “NFL Sunday Ticket” package.
According to a report from Joe Flint and Miles Kruppa of The Wall Street Journal, YouTube (which is owned by Google) and the NFL are in “advanced talks” over the NFL Sunday Ticket package. The report noted that a deal “could be reached as early as Wednesday, following a meeting of NFL owners, who approve rights deals.”
The Wall Street Journal previously reported that DirecTV pays $1.5 billion each year for the rights to the popular NFL Sunday Ticket package. The deal between DirecTV and the NFL will run up after the 2022 season.
Social media had a lot to say following the report from The Wall Street Journal. Here are some of the best reactions we found on Twitter:
It’ll be interesting to see how much money the NFL lands from YouTube on the “NFL Sunday Ticket” package. Broadcast contracts have skyrocketed over the years, with the latest media deals (signed in 2021) landing the NFL more than $100 billion.
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