The NFL is taking a jump into a completely different world when it comes to broadcasting games. Last year, they live streamed a game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars on Yahoo! and now it looks like they are taking another step forward by allowing games to live stream on Twitter this season.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the big move from his personal Twitter account early Tuesday morning. This is a huge move for the NFL as they look to reach an even broader audience going forward.
This fall Thursday Night Football will be streamed live @twitter so fans will see more of this. https://t.co/s6tbr9FjvY
— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) April 5, 2016
“This is about transforming the fan experience with football. People watch NFL games with Twitter today,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a statement. “Now they’ll be able to watch right on Twitter Thursday nights.”
Everyone seems to use that platform in today’s world, so it should come as no surprise that the NFL is taking this big step. The first eight Thursday night games of the 2016 NFL season will be broadcast on CBS, NBC, and Twitter.
The NFL Network will simulcast the contests with Twitter owning the streaming rights in what the NFL is calling it’s “Tri-Cast” distribution model (broadcast TV, cable TV and digital). NFL Network will exclusively broadcast an additional eight Thursday, Saturday night and additional contests to be determined.
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