NFL.com will stream preseason games, package costs $40

If you’re a fan who just can’t get enough preseason action, the NFL has an offer for you.

NFL spokesman Dennis Johnson tells Michael Hiestand of USA Today that the league will show preseason games live online for the first time this year, with games available to anyone who pays $40 for a subscription.

Of the 65 games on the NFL preseason schedule, 54 of them will be available via live stream. The only 11 that aren’t available are the ones that will air nationally on NBC, CBS, Fox or ESPN. (The Hall of Fame Game will stream on NBCSports.com.)

Plenty of fans will see this and think $40 to watch preseason games is a rip off — and for that matter, 40 cents to watch preseason games is a rip off. But if you’re so excited about the return of football that you’re willing to pay to watch the preseason, you can now watch online, at less than a dollar a game.

73 responses to “NFL.com will stream preseason games, package costs $40

  1. The more people who sign up for this, the more likely the NFL would do this for regular season too.

  2. I hope I can one day build a business where I can sell something completely worthless and boring for $40.

  3. Wow.. the MONOPOLY begins…
    Soon, all games will be streamed ONLINE for a few hundred bucks each season..
    After that, they look to have all games on the NFL network then start charging for that channel like its HBO!

  4. To me, the tag of “at less than a dollar a game” is flawed, makes an unwarrented assumption that fans are going to want to watch all PS games of all teams.
    I’m not interested in watching ALL preseason games, just a handful, i.e., My Team’s, and a handful of My Team’s hottest competitors’ games. That’s it. And that’s NOT just $1.00 a game.
    Pass.

  5. Wow! I love NFL football but there is no way that I’m going to piss away $40 to watch players who won’t make the roster play games that do not mean anything. There are other ways for the NFL to make money. This concept is absurd. Many different things are ruining the NFL…and the shameless attempt to gouge the fans is one of them.

  6. Good luck with that. $40 can buy a lot of things better than preseason football… like 80 boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

  7. I know it’s cornbread season but this is a joke. The stream should be free and they should be happy that anyone is watching.

  8. Your write up sounds like you are not a football fanatic.
    It is sad that it is $40, but I watch no other sports, and I’m out of the country—for me it is worth it.

  9. “Less than a dollar a game.” That assumes you watch every single game, even though most of the games will be played simultaneously. You’re an idiot.

  10. HAHAHAHAHAHA…good luck with that…I’m as big of a fan as it gets and I still wouldn’t PAY to watch the preseason…

  11. “…you can now watch online, at less than a dollar a game.”
    ************
    I would pay $5 to watch 5 preseason games of my choosing, but I would not pay $40 to watch more third- and fourth-stringers, taxi squad wannabes, and practice fodder than I care to see in a lifetime.

  12. As someone that lives far enough away from their home team that we don’t get ANY preseason games and is unable to get DirectTV due to where I live (lots of tall trees), being able to see my teams games is probably worth $40. It’s either that or don’t watch them at all.

  13. How about include the preseason games on Sunday ticket since we pay in months there is no football (Aug and Jan).
    If I have to pay for Sunday ticket in August, I should have access to something tangible other than a thanks for renewing!

  14. Does anyone know if one can buy Direct Tv sunday ticket without gettinf service from them? Like if i wanted to watch on the internet or iphone only

  15. It’s pretty simple. Either you want to pay for the product offered or you don’t. No sense going into a tirade over this offer.
    I for one will watch the GB preseason games that are rerun on NFL network or the one that is broadcast on ESPN.
    I might also watch the Bears, Lions and Queens just to see what their product may look like come September.
    I won’t pay for the games on the internet. Some people will, some won’t. It’s just like TV. If you don’t like what’s on, turn the channel until you find something you like.

  16. Armed with NFL League Pass, DVR, and 3 tvs in my humble apartment in Queens i will still not watch more than 6 preseason games… And 6 is pushing it!
    *cue CNN’s future episode of The Fleecing of America starring the NFL and Mr. Goodell*

  17. why not stream it for free and just show commercials like regular TV. NBC does a nice job of this whenever they get games.

  18. I am in Indonesia for the next 2 years and get to watch zero football, so I am one that is excited for this… I will be buying it, I only wish they would do this for the regular season :(…

  19. As a displaced fan, I’m very upset that the NFL makes it so expensive to get your team games out of the area. I buy the Jerseys, hats and other accessories, I’ve been priced out of most of the stadiums, and now they’re trying to price me out of watching the games by any of the available media. This is ridiculous. The NFL needs to remember that we the fans are the ones that support them. Alienating your main revenue source is just bad business. If they charged less, more people would be willing to pay. I’d rather charge a million people a dollar than 10,000 people 5 bucks a pop. It’s simple business logic. Shame on the NFL for fleecing it’s supporters.

  20. They really should offer them free or cut the cost to $19.99 for DirecTV Sunday Ticket holders. We already get ripped off by this monopolistic offering.

  21. NFL targeting the Fantasy Football players-audience…smart move.

  22. Who the hell would pay $40 to watch backups and guys who won’t even make the team play 3/4’s of the game?

  23. IS THIS A JOKE?!!?
    im a HUGE preseason fan.
    but the thing that the NFL is trying to get rid of like old bath water, they are trying to profit from?!?!
    wtfudge
    17 game schedule with 3 preseason games.
    if you dont think preseason games are needed.
    you need to use your brain. 4 is to many, 2 is not enough. 18 game season is going to kill people
    and first and second year players (making bank) can hardly deal as it is.
    is football a winter sport? half of it is played in summer heat and half of that is played in Winter heat. (3 in miami, 2 in texas, california, nc, atlanta, etc)
    RARE is it we get snow games if you really think about it.

  24. There should be a list of every person that actually buys this package published here for ridicule.

  25. You guys are dense if you think there aren’t people who will pay for this….there’s a market for it. You aren’t understanding who they are trying to appeal to here, but most of you aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer.

  26. “less than a dollar a game”? are you serious?
    people will only want to watch *their* teams, not all the teams. That’s $10/game to watch a preseason game streamed online in crappy quality.
    uh, yeah, NO.
    Stupid NFL, multi-billion dollar a year business and they’re STILL trying to find ways to rip us off. I’m going to watch some soccer now.

  27. if they asked a reasonable price for preseason games, maybe the majority wouldn’t simply stream them from elsewhere…

  28. Cup says:
    July 26, 2010 11:29 AM
    I am in Indonesia for the next 2 years
    steelcurtaind says:
    July 26, 2010 11:01 AM
    Soon, all games will be streamed ONLINE for a few hundred bucks each season.
    Steelcurtaind they already are!! Just not within the US.
    So to help out Cup as long as you live outside the US and (Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, and any U.S. territories) you can actually pay $149 (2 years ago) and get your teams whole season in HD on your laptop!!!
    When I lived overseas for 8 years I had a much easier time following my team then living hear in Florida (go figure) – it is simple Direct TV does not own the rights outside of the US so the NFL can market it how it pleases..
    Cup all you have to do is go to https://gamepass.nfl.com/nflgp/secure/registerform to register for an additional $70-80 you can get every freakn game!!!

  29. Nolaplaya…
    I just responded to Cup that if you are out of the country you can get the NFL Game Pass and watch just your team or all of the games by paying a very reasonable rate at:
    https://gamepass.nfl.com/nflgp/secure/registerform
    as long as you live outside the US and (Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, and any U.S. territories) you can actually pay $149 (2 years ago) and get your teams whole season in HD on your laptop!!!

  30. Plenty of fans will see this and think $40 to watch preseason games is a rip off — and for that matter, 40 cents to watch preseason games is a rip off. But if you’re so excited about the return of football that you’re willing to pay to watch the preseason, you can now watch online, at less than a dollar a game.
    =======================================
    To the complainers- It’s the NFL’s job to come up with new and creative ways to bring more football to customers while turning a profit in the process. Buy it, don’t buy it, but don’t bitch about it either.

  31. I refuse to use DirecTV, so it would be nice i the “real” games were all streamed like this.

  32. LMAO.
    How many subscriptions are they projecting? -70,000 sounds like a pretty decent estimate.

  33. Hopefully this is a trial to see if they could do it for regular season games. I would gladly pay $10 a game for a regular season matchup.

  34. $40 is just wrong. Charge me $5-$10 to watch the 4 games from my team and I will pay it. $40 for 4 games is $10 a game. I can get tickets to go inside the stadium for cheaper!!!

  35. That is the funniest article I have seen in awhile. Nobody wants to go to the POS preseason games that season-ticket holders are forced to pay for; now, they want to charge $40 for games that don’t count?

  36. If you have Directv you can get NFL to go and get the reg season games on computer or phone for 60.00 but I think you have to have Sunday Ticket but not sure.

  37. why don’t they give this option on cable!?
    now you have to stream the internet to the regular TV

  38. If the NFL was interested in testing the market for this type of service they are going about it the wrong way. I agree with the majority here that says 40 bucks is too steep for a preseason game.

  39. DirecTV charges $300 for Sunday ticket. If you only watch one team’s games, that’s $18.75 per game. At a maximum, you’ll watch two games per week (1PM ET/4PM ET) for 17 weeks, which figures to $8.82 per game.
    On the preseason schedule, considering day and time constraints, you can watch a maximum of 15 full games, and that does not include the games that will be shown nationally on broadcast networks. At $40 for the package, that’s $2.66 per game. On days with games startng at odd intervals (like 7pm and 9pm) you will get a bit more football for your money, but I’m not counting that as you won’t see the entire late game.
    You can say what you want about the pricing, but the disparity between the costs of watching a regular season game and watching a preseason game are a heck of a lot more favorable for the fan than the disparity between the cost of tickets for the same events.

  40. Poo Flinging Monkey says:
    July 26, 2010 11:04 AM
    “Good luck with that. $40 can buy a lot of things better than preseason football… like 80 boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.”
    ROTFLMAO

  41. Wrathchild says:
    July 26, 2010 12:46 PM
    “$40 isn’t bad. Will the NFL send me cash or check to watch the games?”
    more ROTFLMAO

  42. Pre-season tickets are the biggest rip off in sports. Paying extra to watch the games on TV is even worse. The NFL should have a way for season ticket holders to get the pre-season TV games for free because they are getting hosed as it is.
    I would be interested to know how the league is posturing their argument to the players union with the rumors of an 18 game regular season and 2 pre-season games. I would guess they are telling the union, “you play 20 games now, it is no change”. They will then come out and with a straight face tell the season ticket holders, “you get 8 regular season games now and we are giving you 9 now, so PAY UP!!!”.

  43. I am already being charged $880 for 4 seats to 2 games…I will be lucky if I resell them at 50% of that price, and my seats are on the 25 yard line 10 th row…Thanks NFL for continuing to rip me off going on 2 deacades now…Now the regular season is a different story, I am glad to pay $440 a game…

  44. LMAO. I hope the NFL picked $40 by spinning a wheel because if the paid a marketing firm to analyze the correct price point and believe that $40 is the correct price point they are more out of touch with reality than Al Davis.

  45. Qoojo says:
    July 26, 2010 12:35 PM
    I refuse to use DirecTV, so it would be nice i the “real” games were all streamed like this.
    ====================================
    Right, because the world revolves around you. Sorry, I think the rest of us missed that memo.

  46. # SpartaChris says: July 26, 2010 2:47 PM
    Right, because the world revolves around you. Sorry, I think the rest of us missed that memo.
    ===============
    Are you socially retarded or something?

  47. Hahaha SpartaChris earns the biggest FAIL in the comments. I dont get tge movie behind you and losers like mrhumble who want to turn the comments bold. Sorry, you still wont get laid.. Knock it off.

  48. “ampats says:
    Screw Direct TV Sunday Ticket,
    RED ZONE”
    Translation: Who needs to watch WHOLE games when you are riding a bandwagon.

  49. There is a way to get the preseason package for 29.99 http://www.nfl.com/gameaccess , to get the preseason package for 29.99 you also have to buy the audio pass regular season which is listening to the regular season radio broadcasts online, and you have to get the nfl rewind package which lets you watch the regular season games online a day later. In response to some of the posts Direct tv by 2012 has to make the NFL SUNDAY TICKET avaliable for purchase online to customers who for some reason cannot get Direct tv( trees are in the way, live in an apartment where dishes are not allowed etc.)

  50. Those of you who pay for these games will only help ensure that you have to pay for preseason games, as well as the regular season games, in the future as well. Don’t pay. If they fail to get viewers/ subscribers for the 2010 preseason games it will send a strong message to the NFL. If viewership is stronger on regular networks than it is on the NFL network, they will bring the games back to regular network TV. Also, take 5 mins, go to NFL.com, click on “contact us” at the bottom lefthand corner of the page, and write the NFL to let them know what a disappointment they are for doing this.

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