The National Football League is working on its own streaming service for mobile devices, according to a report in the athletic† The league is said to have briefed teams about the project at its annual owners’ meeting held in Palm Beach, Florida, in recent days. the athletic says the presentations include slides with “NFL+” branding and a hypothetical price of $5 per month.
The NFL Plus service would theoretically replace NFL Mobile, the NFL’s previous solution for distributing in-market games to phones and tablets. The NFL had a deal with Verizon and Yahoo to show some live games, but that partnership ended last year when the carrier spun off its content business. Verizon lost its mobile exclusivity in 2017.
NFL fans in many regions outside the US already have several streaming options on mobile and other devices. For example, DAZN owns the rights to every NFL game in Canada and Japan, among others. The NFL also operates a streaming service for international subscribers called Game Pass.
The Athletic report does not say when the NFL Plus service might start. However, it notes that the NFL will have to find a mobile streaming solution before the 2022 season kicks off in September.