DirecTV renews NFL deal to offer Sunday Ticket

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DirecTV has renewed its deal with the NFL to carry every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game through its Sunday Ticket package. The Washington Post is reporting that the deal is in place for eight years and will net the NFL $1.5 billion annually, though neither company is officially disclosing terms of the agreement. Sealing the deal was critical for DirecTV for a number of reasons, with one prominent one being that the fate of its merger with AT&T in part depended on it — AT&T was allowed to bail on the merger if DirecTV lost the NFL deal.

But it never really looked like DirecTV had any significant chance of losing Sunday Ticket, which is one of the company’s biggest draws. The deal also expands DirecTV’s ability to stream games to…

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