With the 2023 NFL season set to begin in six weeks, Verizon Communications, in partnership with online subscription streaming platform YouTube TV, is offering new and existing telecom subscribers free access to “NFL Sunday Ticket” — which typically costs $449 a year — when purchasing select mobile phones and home broadband service.
Google, which owns YouTube TV, last December secured exclusive rights to “NFL Sunday Ticket” for a reported $2 billion annual license fee. “Sunday Ticket” affords viewers access to all out-of-market regular season afternoon games broadcast on Fox Sports and CBS Sports. DirecTV retains “Sunday Ticket” pay-TV rights to bars and restaurants.
Earlier this year, Verizon announced a new partnership with the NFL to deliver its Verizon Business Managed Private Wireless Network across each of the 30 U.S. NFL stadiums. The platform includes full support for coach-to-coach communications on the field and provides the NFL with speed, security and reliability for on-field coach-to-coach communication. The technology will be implemented for all 2023 NFL games, including the 2023 international games in London and Frankfurt, Germany.
“This partnership adds to our growing roster of the best content providers in the industry as we continue to deliver the best in choice and exclusive value to our customers,” Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon, said in a statement.
Verizon recently renewed a separate promotion with Netflix, offering +play subscribers free 12-month (valued at $240) access to Netflix’s premium tier service option. It continues to offer free six-month access to Disney+ for select mobile customers.
New Verizon “Unlimited Plus Mobile” subscribers get free access to “Sunday Ticket” with the purchase of select Smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy S23 Series, the Galaxy Z Flip5 or the Galaxy Z Fold5; Google’s Pixel Fold, Pixel 7 or 7 Pro; or Motorola’s Edge+.
New Verizon Home Internet customers enrolling in plans for Fios 1 Gig, Fios 2 Gig, 5G Home Plus and LTE Home Plus plans are also eligible for the promotion. All other existing Verizon mobile customers are eligible for $100 off “Sunday Ticket.”
“Through our new partnership with Verizon, we’re proud to offer fans additional ways to access NFL Sunday Ticket,” said Neal Mohan, CEO of YouTube.