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Apple is favorite to land rights to NFL’s Sunday Ticket in 2023

Direct TV will have their last hurrah in 2022, then it will be time for a new company to broadcast Sunday Ticket.

NFL Sunday Ticket at the Super Bowl LIII Experience on January 29, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There will be a new service providing NFL games through Sunday Ticket in 2023. This will be the last season the satellite service Direct TV will have rights to the package after launching in 1994.

It now looks like Apple is the front runner to win the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, per Pro Football Talk. We already saw Amazon buy up exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football for $1 billion, but it looks like the NFL is going to go even deeper into an internet streaming platform with Apple.

The going price appears to be around $2.5 billion, as the NFL spreads its broadcasting rights across multiple avenues. Other than Amazon and possibly Apple, the NFL has deals with Fox, Disney, CNS and NBC, totaling over $100 billion in 10-year contracts. If you thought wide receivers wanted a lot, just wait a year.

It is impossible to know how Apple would charge for Sunday Ticket or how they would package the games, but compared to Direct TV, we should expect easier access to the product. The NFL sticking with Direct TV for almost 30 years didn’t make all that much sense, especially with so many ways to watch games that don’t involve drilling a satellite dish into your roof.