Originally posted by blm7754:
I would bet the farm that we won't see online only NFL games anytime soon. There are several good reasons for this. For one, no online TV provider (Netflix, Hulu, Google, etc) has enough market share to bring in advertising dollars. Which means the NFL would need any deal with one of these providers to make up for those lost advertising dollars. Not going to happen.
An online provider like Netflix would certainly gain new customers by having an exclusive deal with the NFL. But probably not enough. Most consumers that don't already use online streaming video services would need to buy a set-top-box (Roku, Apple TV, etc), faster internet service, and possibly a newer TV in order to have the same football watching experience that they enjoy with typical Sunday/Monday games. That's too cost prohibitive.
I hope you're right man. Everything you said, aside from set-top box, I have been saying. People love it on TV, and some barely are able to afford it at the price it is. I imagine the NFL envisions a higher dollar tag for the ticket. Which would make a ton of NFL fans pissed. Especially long time DirecTV subscribers who are loyal, and mainly have t for the Ticket. I love my DirecTV, and yes, One reason is the Ticket, but I love the reception, never really goes out, and only for a few minutes. The equipment is great. I get all channels I want, etc... Lets hope the NFL and Goodell does whats best for the fans, and not whats best for business in his eyes.
I even thought about a petition to stop this kinda stuff from happening with the NFL. Not sure how many would sign though.