A few months ago, there were questions surrounding what would be next for the NFL Sunday Ticket package, as the league was reportedly considering opting out from their agreement with DirecTV after the 2019 season. The two sides signed a $1.5 billion/year extension in 2014 through 2022.
Not to mention, there was trouble in April when subscribers for DirecTV, as well as AT&T U-Verse TV, lost access to NFL Network.
At the time, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said “We’re having great discussions with DirecTV and AT&T. We’ve had a 25-year partnership and we want to continue that partnership, but we also are looking to see how we can change the delivery.” Which certainly sounds like a very business-speak way of saying, “we’d like to explore our options.”
Well, look no further because Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the company has considered pursuing the package, presumably for ESPN+.
“There has been exploration whether there is an opportunity there. We are very bullish on the NFL.” And you don’t need to tell companies and brands like Pixar, Marvel, Fox, and Lucasfilm what happens when Disney is bullish about something.
Amazon also has ome interest to the Sunday Ticket package as they currently stream Thursday Night Football.
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