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.

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  • JohnBinTN
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    Google would get a sub from me It's time for the satellite lockup of Sunday Ticket to go.
    20 Aug 2013, 10:39 PM Reply Like
  • Doyle3000
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    this is the future and I can't wait to tell Comcast to pound sand and pick up their equipment
    20 Aug 2013, 11:02 PM Reply Like
  • RobbyRob
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    I "double like" your post, Doyle. I'd love to buy a $35 dongle and plug in into the HDMI port...get YouTube, Hulu, and NFL...and mail the Comcast boxes back SAME DAY.
    22 Aug 2013, 09:18 AM Reply Like
  • asearchforreason
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    This is long overdue. The providers and networks are trying to hold together a house of cards much like the music industry 10-15 years ago. If one disruptive product enters the space, the current system will fall apart.
    20 Aug 2013, 11:06 PM Reply Like
  • optionsexpert
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    Google will take over the broadband market. Give it time.
    20 Aug 2013, 11:58 PM Reply Like
  • Greg NYC
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    I agree, just a matter of time before Google dominates online TV. We are moving in that direction. Everyone uses Google, everyone hates their cable company.
    21 Aug 2013, 06:19 AM Reply Like
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