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NFL's Sunday Ticket Strategy: New Streaming Era for Bars and Restaurants

Uncrowned Guard


A Shift in the NFL's Sunday Ticket Strategy

In a revolutionary move for out-of-market NFL game streaming, Sunday Ticket is set to break new ground. After last week's multi-billion-dollar verdict in the Sunday Ticket case, we are now observing key changes in the NFL's strategies for their renowned out-of-market game package.

A recent press release brought fresh news: the acquisition of UPShow by EverPass Media. This acquisition is a game-changer, as it will allow bars, restaurants, and other businesses to offer Sunday Ticket services. A previously exclusive satellite service, it will now also be available via streaming, broadening possibilities for sports entertainment in the commercial sector.

The specifics of the press release are noteworthy. "As part of the integration of UPshow into EverPass, businesses will now have the option to stream NFL Sunday Ticket for the first time ever starting with the upcoming 2024 NFL season," it states.

Pricing and the Potential Consequences for NFL

A glaring question that stems from these developments concerns pricing. Particularly, will the NFL enforce minimum pricing, as it has done previously? The recent verdict has resulted in a $14.088 billion liability, which the league is poised to tackle aggressively. Consumers and businesses alike eagerly await clarifications on this topic, especially considering the two aspects of this pricing question that hold significant implications.

The first aspect revolves around the possibility of additional liabilities for the league if the NFL loses the Sunday Ticket case and doesn't change its pricing strategy. The liabilities would encompass the years 2023, 2024, and potentially beyond. Secondly, if the NFL succeeds in reducing its $14.088 billion into nothing, the league must then face the public-relations fallout resulting from consumers realizing that they've been overcharged for Sunday Ticket.

Both aspects of the pricing question are of importance, not just to the NFL, but also to the larger cohort of fans, consumers, and businesses who participate in the culture of American football.

Reflecting on Sunday Ticket's Legacy

Despite the current controversies, it's important to remember the historical significance of Sunday Ticket. Debuting 30 years ago, it quickly made a place for itself as an important component of the NFL's commercial ecosystem. However, it also has a checkered past, with many accusing the league of overcharging through rigged prices.

Many fans feel they have paid more than necessary for Sunday Ticket, while others weren't even able to make the choice to watch a match they were interested in, as they couldn't afford the out-of-market package for the entire season. The widespread feeling of discontent with the viewing options and pricing is a lingering burden that could hold serious repercussions for the NFL.

The upcoming changes to Sunday Ticket, including its availability to commercial businesses and the shift to streaming, are welcome changes. However, the situation simultaneously necessitates a critical reevaluation of the service's pricing and legacy. Above all, football is a family, and it's essential that the family is treated fairly, both financially and with regard to the viewing options available.

Image: SportsLogos.Net

Edited by Uncrowned Guard


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