The NFL has announced they have reached a brand new eight-year extension of their agreement with DirecTV for the exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket.
According ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the agreement is worth an average of $1.5 billion per year, which would be an increase of 50 percent from the previous contract.
- Rovell adds that the NFL deal became more valuable to DirecTV after AT&T purchased the satellite service.
- An out clause existed if deal wasn’t able to be consummated, according to Rovell.
DirecTV maintains the rights to stream NFL Sunday Ticket live on mobile devices and continue to broadcast its Red Zone Channel as well as the new DirecTV Fantasy Zone channel.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with DIRECTV,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “DIRECTV and NFL SUNDAY TICKET have served our fans well for 20 years and continue to complement our broadcast television packages. We also appreciate DIRECTV’s commitment to NFL Network, which it has carried since the channel launched in 2003.”
“This new agreement is a testament to the terrific long-term relationship we have with the NFL and its millions of fans across the country,” said Mike White, chairman, president and CEO of DIRECTV. “NFL SUNDAY TICKET has always been the centerpiece of DIRECTV’s sports leadership and we’re pleased to continue our relationship with the NFL and be a part of the league’s future growth and success.”