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First exclusively live-streamed regular season NFL game to hit next season

Ian Paul | March 25, 2015
The National Football League has a long way to go before it can match the live streaming chops of pro baseball, but the NFL's online offerings have been getting a little bit better every season. When the 2015-16 season starts up this fall, the NFL will reportedly try an experiment that could have major implications for cord cutters.

That has also been the NFL's approach with Sunday Ticket, which allows subscribers to view out-of-market games on their TV or online. Other live streaming trials of NFL games have also been supplementary.

This time around, however, it appears the NFL will take a look at the Internet as a nearly complete alternative to television broadcasts — at least for one game next year.

Then again, as Peter Kafka over at Re/code argues, this could be nothing more than a ploy to terrify television broadcasters into paying more money for NFL broadcast rights.

Whatever the NFL's true intentions, hopefully this year's low stakes experiment will grow into improved offerings for cord-cutting football fans. But the bigger NFL news this week has nothing to do with streaming at all — the league is also suspending its loathed TV blackout policy for next season. 


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