Disney CEO says company is in discussions for NFL Sunday Ticket

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Everyone wants to know what will happen with Sunday Ticket.

The prevailing view is that DirecTV will keep the satellite portion of the out-of-market NFL package, especially since bars and restaurants are set up use satellite feeds not streaming platforms. For the average consumer, however, the streaming rights become a major part of the next package.

Expect Disney to be in the mix, because the company’s CEO has said the company is talking to the NFL about the rights.

Via Sports Business Daily, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said on CNBC’s Fast Money that the company is “in discussions and negotiations” for Sunday Ticket.

Chapek said that the package “would make a particularly good addendum to our ESPN+ service.”

A prior report indicated that the NFL wants Apple to win the rights. Ideally, the NFL wants multiple companies to be at the table as serious bidders, in order to maximize the return. The league also considers Sunday Ticket as ripe for innovation.

For years, customers had to buy the entire Sunday Ticket package in order to get any of it. Perhaps the next iteration of Sunday Ticket will be more conducive to picking and choosing.

And maybe the new Sunday Ticket will include an enhanced Red Zone feature, featuring (for example) Peyton and Eli Manning.

11 responses to “Disney CEO says company is in discussions for NFL Sunday Ticket

  1. Disney already owns everything so it’s not surprising. They’ll just slap a different name and continue to monopolize

  2. I still love football but the NFL has way too much drama and politics for me to be Sunday Ticket guy. Haven’t been for years. Same w FF. I just watch my team and whatever games are on TV. The league isn’t must watch TV.

  3. It would be nice if they could get a deal and just stick it on Hulu like NHL games are now.

  4. As a Steelers fan living in an area claimed by the Ravens and Eagles I get blacked out of three or four Steelers games a year by the NFL rules for over the air games. I would happily pay to watch those games ala carte but it is not worth the cost of the entire Sunday Ticket. I think there are a lot of fans like me, so having a separate streaming service for out of market games could bring in substantial revenue.

  5. The very last thing I’d want for RedZone is the Manning brothers. Their whole schtick is chatter. There is so much happening on RedZone every minute for seven straight hours, you just need somebody to give straight narration.

  6. ESPN+ would be the ideal place for this to land, given how the network has covered the sport for decades. Get it done, please!

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