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Report: Google met with NFL about Sunday Ticket deal
- Sources tell AllThingsD Larry Page (GOOG) and YouTube content chief Robert Kyncl met with an NFL delegation that included commissioner Roger Goodell, and that rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket subscription package were among the subjects discussed.
- DirecTV (DTV) pays $1B/year for the rights to Sunday Ticket, which it offers to its 20M+ U.S. subs for $45-$60/month (depending on the package). Its deal expires at the end of 2014.
- Sources caution the talks were informal, and that the NFL will be meeting with other tech companies as it continues a jaunt through Silicon Valley. However, the NFL is said to be willing to consider a Sunday Ticket deal with an Internet company (if all else fails, it might yield a higher DirecTV bid).
- YouTube recently launched an a la carte channel subscription service, but so far at least, demand has been limited. Meanwhile, Larry Page has made it clear he's willing to make big bets.
- This isn't the first time a rumor popped up about a tech company thinking of trying to bypass TV networks refusing to license their channels on an a la carte basis. Last year, a report emerged Apple was weighing a "multi-billion dollar bid" for rights to English Premier League broadcasts, but nothing came of it.