Disney/ESPN Favored to Acquire Rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket

| December 13, 2021 8:56 am PDT

The NFL Sunday Ticket has been available on DirecTV since 1994. The subscription allows fans to watch every NFL game out of market.

It’s great for fans that don’t live in the market on their favorite team. The subscription allows them to watch their team from anywhere in the country.

DirectTV will carry the NFL Sunday Ticket through the 2022 season, but then their contract expires. There are already suitors lining up to acquire the rights to the package.

Let’s check out the odds via MyBookie.

Odds for NFL Sunday Ticket

Warner Media/HBO Max+500
Apple TV+1000

In November, we began to hear rumblings about Disney’s interest in the NFL Sunday Ticket. However, they are far from the only ones.

Earlier this season, Amazon agreed to become the rights holder over Thursday night football games. They’ve also been in talks to acquire the NFL Sunday Ticket rights.

Right now, it doesn’t appear anyone is as serious about acquiring the right, but a lot can change over the next year. Feel free to check out the other options, but I can already tell you that one is unrealistic and a waste of a bet.

Right now, Disney/ESPN is the favorite. Let’s talk about why that is.

Why Is Disney/ESPN Favored to Acquire the Rights for the NFL Sunday Ticket?

Over the last few years, we’ve seen Disney become more and more involved with live sports. They created ESPN+ in 2018, which holds the rights to the following sports leagues.

  • MLS
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • PGA Tour
  • College Football
  • College Basketball

Disney also owns Hulu, which allows you to stream live sports. These subscriptions are nice and all, but the NFL Sunday Ticket would put them over the top.

I’m sure a lot of fans would love to watch NFL Sunday Ticket right now, but you can’t unless you have DirecTV. In this age of cord cutting, fans would love to have a streaming option available. ESPN can give them that option.

DirecTV pays $1.5 billion a year for the rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket. The expectation is the NFL will ask for $2 billion to $2.5 billion per year in their next deal.

That’s a steep price, but it’s one that ESPN could get their money’s worth.

What’s great for fans is Disney offers a bundle with ESPN+, Hulu, and Disney+ for $13.99 a month. Cord cutters or not, I have to believe a lot of people have that bundle. Adding the NFL Sunday Ticket will only increase subscription in ESPN+ and the bundle as a whole.

The NFL Sunday Ticket would likely operate the same as MLB.TV on ESPN+. Fans have to subscribe to ESPN+, but they also charge $24.99 per month for MLB.TV.

ESPN+ is already very popular among the sport streaming community. Adding the NFL Sunday Ticket would only grow that popularity.

NFL is the most popular sport in the US, with the Super Bowl being one of the most bet on sporting events.

Future of the NFL Sunday Ticket

If you ask me, the NFL Sunday Ticket has lost its luster over the last few years. NFL RedZone has taken over as must-see TV on Sundays. You don’t have to cycle through channels, and you don’t typically miss the important action.

The NFL Sunday Ticket can return to that premier status with a streaming service like ESPN+, Amazon, or even Apple.

I know I didn’t talk a lot about Apple before, but the NFL reportedly wants them to acquire the rights for the NFL Sunday Ticket. Apple has shown some interest, but not as much as ESPN or Amazon.

Apple has Apple TV+, but they don’t have any live sports. Could the NFL Sunday Ticket be the springboard towards that?

This was an interesting change of pace from the usual sports betting content. Betting on a streaming service isn’t something you see too often.

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Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

He enjoys rooting on D.C. sports teams, including the Commanders, Wizards, and Capitals.

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