Now ESPN lands mobile rights to NFL’s Monday games
ESPN will stream Monday night games from American football’s NFL on mobile platforms for the first time from next month after the US sports broadcaster expanded its existing rights deal.
ESPN, which has rights to Monday Night Football until 2021, will offer games on mobile devices having until now only had streaming rights for tablets, connected TVs and over-the-top devices such as Apple TV and Amazon TV.
The mobile streaming will make its debut next month with coverage of the NFL wild card games on 6 and 7 January.
The expanded deal also includes NFL highlights on mobile phones.
ESPN’s exclusive deal for Monday night games is worth $1.9 billion per year.
The mobile streaming arrangement is the result of US telecoms giant Verizon's decision to vacate the role of the NFL's exclusive mobile streaming partner.
Last week, Verizon extended its digital rights deal with the NFL until 2022.
The renewal includes live-streaming rights to the Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games, and the Sunday daytime games that air on local market television.
However, in its latest deal, Verizon gave up its exclusive hold on the mobile streaming package for nationally televised out-of-market games, paving the way for other broadcasters to add mobile streaming rights to their offering.
Earlier this week, NBC, the US national television network, added mobile streaming rights to its Sunday night package of games.
NBC has already been streaming the Sunday Night Football games via its TV Everywhere service available on desktop computers, tablets and connected televisions.
NBC, CBS and Fox hold rights to Sunday NFL games until 2022.
Rights to show the annual Super Bowl are rotated between NBC, CBS and Fox, with NBC to show this season's showpiece, to be held in Minneapolis on 4 February, 2018.
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