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.
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).
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.