Next year, the National Football League will begin to show Sunday
afternoon games from customers’ home markets on Verizon Wireless
phones, adding more of television’s most valuable content to the
growing inventory that users can watch on mobile devices. The
league is already showing games from Sunday, Monday and Thursday
nights on Verizon phones. Typically, only one game is played on
those nights, while about 10 to 12 are played across the country
on Sunday afternoons.
Verizon Wireless will pay the NFL $1 billion over four years,
according to a person with direct knowledge of the terms.
That is nearly 40% more than Verizon agreed to pay when it signed
the current four-year, $720 million agreement in 2010, a growth
rate similar to what the NFL and other sports leagues have
received in their latest TV deals.
Tablets not included, only phones.