Photo courtesy Buffalo Bills
Photo courtesy Buffalo Bills

The NFL said in a statement Wednesday that Yahoo is its “exclusive partner to deliver the first-ever live stream of an NFL game to a global audience across devices and for free.”

According to a person involved in the negotiations, Yahoo will be paying at least $10 million for the rights to stream the game that features the Buffalo Bills versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. The game will still be aired to the Buffalo and Jacksonville home markets but the rest of the United States will have to tune into Yahoo to watch the game. Yahoo is not charging fans to watch but hoping to earn more money off of advertising by showing ads during the stream. This trial run between the NFL and Yahoo will have a massive effect on the future of television.

Yahoo’s Promotion:

“For the first time in NFL history, anyone with an internet connection can tune in, exclusively on Yahoo, from anywhere to watch a live football game for free. Whether you’re on your phone, tablet, laptop, console or connected device — we’ve got you covered.”

If this event proves to be a success, it will come as another blow to cable providers.  The reason it is such a groundbreaking event is because live sports is one of the most important reasons for people to hold onto their cable bundles. With streaming providers like Netflix and Hulu Plus, cable bundles could start becoming more and more a thing of the past. A successful event would encourage more sports league to explore online licensing agreements rather than the traditional cable agreements.

CBS, NBC and other networks own most of the games through the early 2020s, but there are some of the Thursday games that might be available starting in 2016 if CBS doesn’t hold onto the rights.

Jeremy O’Neill covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @MFSTJeremy

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