The Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) is reportedly “in superior talks” with sports activities community ESPN to agree on a first-of-its-kind partnership that can see either side mutually profit, in line with New York Submit.
ESPN, which is owned by Disney, would take over NFL Media, together with NFL Community, NFL.com, Purple Zone, NFL Movies and NFL+. The league, in the meantime, would obtain an fairness stake within the TV big.
Whereas the deal is reportedly nonetheless months away from closing, the NFL has lengthy been searching for a purchaser, and ESPN will seemingly take over the league’s community.
ESPN is focusing on 2025 because the yr to go direct-to-consumer, which means all its content material shall be obtainable and not using a cable subscription.
NFL partnering with main streaming platforms
The NFL has been partnering with a number of streaming platforms these previous couple of years and continues to take action, most not too long ago granting unique rights of a playoffs sport to Peacock.
ESPN presently pays the league about $2.6 billion yearly for 25 “Monday Evening Soccer” contests.
Every deal will solely improve in worth and a few anticipate for 2025 to be the yr when postseason video games begin turning into obtainable solely by streaming platforms.