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Facebook among companies bidding for streaming NFL rights

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The NFL could be coming to Facebook, such that you weren’t wasting enough time there already.

According to Peter Kafka of recode.net, Facebook is among the companies bidding for the NFL’s online streaming package, which they hope to sell prior to the owners meetings in late March.

Last year, Yahoo paid $20 million to stream a Bills-Jaguars game, so it’s hard to imagine how the bidding will go for something that includes a game people want to watch.

Other bidders include Amazon, Verizon and Apple, as the league continues to cook up new ways to extract money from the game at record rates.

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15 Responses to “Facebook among companies bidding for streaming NFL rights”
  1. boobsanders says: Mar 4, 2016 7:27 AM

    Yahoo paid 20 million for the rights to stream a Bills-Jaguars game? They could have bought Roger Goodell for that money!

  2. aquineas1 says: Mar 4, 2016 8:10 AM

    No way Amazon loses this.

  3. sonhoodoo says: Mar 4, 2016 8:18 AM

    Finally. Just get the games to people who don’t live in their favorite teams market. They say Goodell has made the league so much, but just think how much he has left on the table the past decade by not getting games to be streamed.

  4. collectordude says: Mar 4, 2016 8:18 AM

    Oh God, no. Please not that.

  5. craigruby20 says: Mar 4, 2016 8:28 AM

    If the NFL was smart they’d sell to facebook at any reasonable cost. You don’t even KNOW whats about to hit you!!! The greatest experience in the history of the world is going to be watching games using oculus. You will be there. Right there. Its gonna be ridiculous.

  6. kurdishpats1 says: Mar 4, 2016 8:33 AM

    And this, ladies and gentleman, is why Goodell is untouchable.

    Unfortunately.

  7. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Mar 4, 2016 8:38 AM

    I’m actually looking to wean myself off from watching so many games. I honestly don’t know how fans of teams that are perpetually mediocre still follow this league with the way it is run today.

  8. Big Ant TV says: Mar 4, 2016 8:54 AM

    would be nice if they streamed them free on facebook

  9. spfripp says: Mar 4, 2016 8:59 AM

    No idea why they waited so long in doing this. All the illegal streaming of games showed the demand is there.

  10. tajuara says: Mar 4, 2016 9:19 AM

    I’m actually looking to wean myself off from watching so many games. I honestly don’t know how fans of teams that are perpetually mediocre still follow this league with the way it is run today.

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    Too many games? Isn’t the regular season just 16 games for each team + 4 games of (potential) post-season? So if you follow a specific team that’s just 20 games (including wild card playoffs). That’s as many games as a NBA team plays in a month.

  11. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 4, 2016 9:45 AM

    Maybe the should consider pinterest too. I mean they want to eventually take masculinity completely out of the game anyway right?

  12. hahalolrofl says: Mar 4, 2016 10:08 AM

    No way Im signing up for facebook. It was cool in college in 2004, but now its lame as hell.

  13. c9zz says: Mar 4, 2016 11:15 AM

    Does anyone still use Facebook?

  14. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 4, 2016 12:41 PM

    It’s been quite a few years since Amazon has been overloaded and forced offline during Black Friday.

    Amazon has the server backbone to support something of this magnitude, while other companies probably don’t…which means if the league chooses somebody else, some of the more popular games might end up in buffer hell, or their backbone completely melts down, leaving us without games that we paid for.

    So I’m rooting for Amazon. Especially if the games are included with Prime.

  15. laxcoach37 says: Mar 4, 2016 2:46 PM

    Big Ant TV says:
    Mar 4, 2016 8:54 AM
    would be nice if they streamed them free on facebook
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    Umm… nothing about the Internet is Free. You either pay money for access or you pay with giving up your valuable information or you get bombarded with Ads. Looks like all of the above.

    I hope for Amazon. I guarantee it won’t be free, but at least they have a quality of service. I currently bought into Streaming NFL Sunday Ticket though a ROKU and it sucked so bad, you could not get 5 minutes without rebuffering. I wound up plugging an iPad through HDMI to a TV. No hiccups, but did not fill the screen. I am sick of compromise when having to pay for a service that can’t deliver quality.

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