Multiple companies are still in the mix for Sunday Ticket

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DirecTV’s 28-year hammerlock on NFL Sunday Ticket ends in eight Sundays. For many, it can’t come soon enough.

Here’s what isn’t coming soon — firm plans for the next iteration of the out-of-market viewing platform.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s no current timeline for making a decision on the future of Sunday Ticket. The source says that “multiple” companies remain in the mix.

Apple, Disney, Amazon, and Google have been linked to the product. The NFL has acknowledged that it will be a streaming-based product as of 2023.

Many believed the NFL would have a deal in place by now. In July, Commissioner Roger Goodell said a decision is coming this fall.

So what’s the delay? Presumably, the NFL has yet to get the number it wants.

And so the NFL waits. Really, the deadline doesn’t arrive until Week One of next season. Most of the candidates have the infrastructure in place to quickly slap together whatever needs to be done to fit the product within its current array of streaming options.

37 responses to “Multiple companies are still in the mix for Sunday Ticket

  1. Marketing idea would be Jon Lovitz bringing his Tommy Flanagan character from SNL back. “Yeah, that’s the ticket.”

  2. My biggest request…STOP MOVING AWAY FROM THE GAME I’M WATCHING BECAUSE IT’S NOT COMPETITIVE. I pay the pay money to watch even if my team is getting destroyed if I want to sit in misery and watch the let me!

  3. bawlzich says:
    Money Money Money
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    Who would have thought the NFL — like, oh, every other BUSINESS since the beginning of time — exists for the sole purpose of making as much profit as possible.
    How very shocking.

  4. The problem with Sunday ticket is it’s an all or nothing plan meaning that either you pay to watch all of the games or you don’t pay because you don’t want to watch every game.
    I hope that this time around someone with even a half of a brain realizes that a lot more people including my self would buy a Sunday ticket package if it included all of the regular seasons games from one specific team.
    So that for example a Giants fan that is living in Florida should have the option to buy a package with all 17 Giants regular season games included at a lower price. But since this hasn’t happened in 28 years why should common sense finally prevail next season? It won’t because common sense isn’t very common
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  5. Hard pass. I don’t care who gets it.

    NFL+ is just fine for me for Packers games at this point, at 1/3 of the price.

  6. DirecTV has for some reason given me Sunday Ticket free for the past 2 years. Based on that, I (don’t) hope they leave soon enough!

  7. And so the NFL waits. Really, the deadline doesn’t arrive until Week One of next season. Most of the candidates have the infrastructure in place to quickly slap together whatever needs to be done to fit the product within its current array of streaming options.
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    Lol! No, I work in tech industry and it isn’t so simple that it can be done in a matter of less than a week.

  8. The NFL is leaving money on the table. As a 12 year cord-cutter I’ve found ways to watch without paying. Offer a HD streaming option without the nonsense of paying for DirecTV or Amazon Prime and I’ll pay up.

  9. The NFL has acknowledged that it will be a streaming-based product as of 2023.
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    Awful, terrible move. DirecTV offers both. At minimum, find a carrier that will air games on cable/satellite so we can avoid the buffering that comes with streaming. Also, before you tell me to get better internet, don’t. In 29 years of NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV, it’s yet to give me the spinning wheel of death.

  10. The problem with Sunday ticket is it’s an all or nothing plan meaning that either you pay to watch all of the games or you don’t pay because you don’t want to watch every game.
    I hope that this time around someone with even a half of a brain realizes that a lot more people including my self would buy a Sunday ticket package if it included all of the regular seasons games from one specific team.
    So that for example a Giants fan that is living in Florida should have the option to buy a package with all 17 Giants regular season games included at a lower price. But since this hasn’t happened in 28 years why should common sense finally prevail next season? It won’t because common sense isn’t very common
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    Yeah, the continuing lack of an a la carte single team option is just insane.

  11. David Muehlhausen says:
    November 16, 2022 at 11:15 am
    My biggest request…STOP MOVING AWAY FROM THE GAME I’M WATCHING BECAUSE IT’S NOT COMPETITIVE. I pay the pay money to watch even if my team is getting destroyed if I want to sit in misery and watch the let me!

    Sounds like you’ve completely missed the point of the article and are talking about the Red Zone – which usually focuses on….the red zone. NFL Sunday Ticket will let you watch the entire game if you want, just change the channel.

  12. The problem with Sunday ticket is it’s an all or nothing plan meaning that either you pay to watch all of the games or you don’t pay because you don’t want to watch every game.
    I hope that this time around someone with even a half of a brain realizes that a lot more people including my self would buy a Sunday ticket package if it included all of the regular seasons games from one specific team.
    So that for example a Giants fan that is living in Florida should have the option to buy a package with all 17 Giants regular season games included at a lower price. But since this hasn’t happened in 28 years why should common sense finally prevail next season? It won’t because common sense isn’t very common
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    I would like the single team option also. My guess why they don’t offer it is because then very few people would get the full more expensive option with all the games. Most people that get Sunday ticket (besides bars) are interested in their favorite team only. I assume they have calculated that they make more money overall if they don’t offer single team packages. As mentioned above, The NFL doesn’t care about the customers, they just want make money.

  13. dumbasdirt says:
    November 16, 2022 at 11:22 am
    The problem with Sunday ticket is it’s an all or nothing plan meaning that either you pay to watch all of the games or you don’t pay because you don’t want to watch every game.
    I hope that this time around someone with even a half of a brain realizes that a lot more people including my self would buy a Sunday ticket package if it included all of the regular seasons games from one specific team.
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    The problem isn’t that they have half a brain. It’s that they know that there’s demand out there, and if you start offering lower cost packages for one team or one game, the vast majority of the target customers would choose a lower-cost package.
    These companies bidding on the rights have very smart people in their market research, FP&A and marketing groups, and they will use data to make their decisions named on ROI, not on the customers

  14. Wasn’t there a lawsuit won regarding the option of watching your team only for a reduced price?

  15. For the customers wellbeing – they need to get this done so the customers can position themselves to acquire what is needed

  16. “My biggest request…STOP MOVING AWAY FROM THE GAME I’M WATCHING BECAUSE IT’S NOT COMPETITIVE. I pay the pay money to watch even if my team is getting destroyed if I want to sit in misery and watch the let me!”

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    I completely and vociferously agree with this. It’s bad enough that we had to pay hundreds of dollars per year just to watch our single team play (which is a bigger issue in my mind). But if we’ve paid those hundreds of $$$, it should be up to us if we want to watch our team plod on in pathetic, sub-par, mediocrity (hey, I’ve been a Bears fan since 1975, so I’m allowed to say that).

  17. Whoever gets it, for god sakes, please allow customers to buy a single team package. Making me pay an insane price to watch all 16 games each Sunday. Most people don’t want that– and if they want to offer such a package, fine,….but please let us out of market fans buy the team we want for a reasonable price. I make decent money but came to the conclusion that Sunday Ticket was insanely overpriced.

  18. aquineas1 says:
    November 16, 2022 at 12:21 pm
    “My biggest request…STOP MOVING AWAY FROM THE GAME I’M WATCHING BECAUSE IT’S NOT COMPETITIVE. I pay the pay money to watch even if my team is getting destroyed if I want to sit in misery and watch the let me!”

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    I completely and vociferously agree with this. It’s bad enough that we had to pay hundreds of dollars per year just to watch our single team play (which is a bigger issue in my mind). But if we’ve paid those hundreds of $$$, it should be up to us if we want to watch our team plod on in pathetic, sub-par, mediocrity (hey, I’ve been a Bears fan since 1975, so I’m allowed to say that).
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    As explained by another commenter above, you guys don’t know what you are watching. If the broadcast you are watching switches to another game simply switch to a channel on DirecTV that is showing your game in its entirety.

  19. If your complaining there is an easy fix. Stop watching stop paying for a production you don’t like. I fixed my issues by using game pass…much cheaper and I get to watch which games I choose. So many on here complain about the NFL but continue watching.

  20. I hope that this time around someone with even a half of a brain realizes that a lot more people including my self would buy a Sunday ticket package if it included all of the regular seasons games from one specific team.

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    The NFl could do this, but they would find a way to force feed the Cowboys to people that have no interest just to keep the viewers up and the perception they are still “America’s team”

  21. The move to streaming will have great negative impact on the NFL in two big ways.

    First the charm/necessity of ST is the ability to switch back and forth amongst the games. The practicality of this benefit almost assuredly goes away as switching on the streaming software sucks to say the least. Look at Amazon prime and its clumsiness to manage even one game on Thursdays. Now multiply that by 10-13 and its a $h!t show in waiting.

    Also I think they will lose many subscribers in the switch to stream unless they package it like Directv currently does. I think almost every new signup gets ST for free. Others get deals up to free when they threaten to cancel. So if Disney Amazon etc want to offer it as stand alone the subscriber numbers will surely plummet. This is true especially if they raise the price.

    So I am seriously thinking of just using Red Zone and let the switch games for me….It will be way cheaper and much less frustrating.

  22. I hope that Red Zone only is an option next year with Andrew Siciliano as the host. I have had Sunday Ticket for years and most of the time I watch Red Zone with Siciliano and have loved it.

  23. I make decent money but came to the conclusion that Sunday Ticket was insanely overpriced.

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    Let me fix this for you,
    Anything that has NFL on it is insanely overpriced.

  24. If Amazon gets it I may be done with the NFL… their Thursday night games are a PITA to watch.

  25. Or, I could just watch Game Day Live on NFL network, which shows every important play in every game. I watched it alongside Red Zone (free preview weekend) and found very little appreciable difference.

  26. Well. Might want to file this one under be careful what you wish for, you may regret it, be careful what you wish for, you may just get it. Grass is greener and all that sort of thing.

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