Hey Sports Tech fans,
The NFL are considering their own OTT platform adopting the industry-standard plus moniker.
NFL+ or maybe even NFL Plus will be voted on in May.
The streaming service would combine games, radio, podcasts, team content, and everything else that the NFL and NFL teams produce in the way of content.
It will be voted on by the owners in May but I expect it to pass as the NFL has the fan base and brand power to pull it off.
The NFL already has GamePass so has a lot of the infrastructure and deals already in place to make this a reality.
I guess the idea is to have an all-encompassing platform for NFL fans to get all their content in one place.
The trick might be how to get fans to keep up their subscriptions in the off-season as the NFL is a notoriously short season when compared to other sports.
But with the Draft and pre-season training getting more attention than ever.
There is also the XFL deal from a few weeks ago.
The new season of XFL is due to kick off just as the NFL season comes to a conclusion in 2023, which might offer subscribers more games to enjoy as well as giving the XFL a natural plug into the NFL fanbase.
The UFC have done an incredible job with their streaming service.
By partnering with small organisations in the world of MMA, they reap huge benefits from more content, and access to a pool of talent looking to make the jump into the UFC, while the smaller organisations get access to the huge fan base of subscribers to UFC Fight Pass.
I will continue to report on this as the story develops, but I fully expect a vote of yes come the May owners’ meeting.
Have a great sporting weekend,