NFL Names Verizon 5G Partner in 10-Year Deal, Promises Improved Fan Experiences in Stadiums

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The National Football League and Verizon announced a 5G partnership Thursday that will allow fans to see seven different live camera angles from the season-opening game between Super Bowl champions Tampa Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys.

The companies’ 10-year deal will provide next-generation 5G mobile technology for applications including innovative methods for player training, team scouting, location operations and health guidelines.

“Verizon will help us capitalize on the promise of 5G technology, pave the way for the future of the game and deliver incredible experiences for millions of NFL fans,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement detailing the alliance. . “Verizon has been one of our key technology partners, helping with everything from digitally distributing NFL content, engaging our fans at the NFL’s biggest events, improving communications across the NFL ecosystem, and upgrading of technology in stadiums.”

“Our long-standing relationship and rapid delivery of 5G connectivity to 90% of stadiums has created new ways to bring fans even closer to the action,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in the announcement. “Our work with the NFL will not only continue to enhance and transform the fan viewing experience, but also has the potential to improve player training and overall venue operations.”

Verizon “5G Multi-View” will be the most immediate benefit for fans. The 5G digital streaming platform offers seven simultaneous camera angles that can be viewed on mobile devices in seven different stadiums on the home team’s app. The NFL and Verizon tested the technology earlier this year during Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay and called it “SuperStadium.” The goal is to extend the 5G viewing option to all stadiums and teams, but the companies don’t have a timeline.

In addition to Tampa, here are the ‘NFL stadiums where 5G Multi-View can be accessed:

  • Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
  • Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)
  • Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)
  • MetLife Stadium (New York Giants & New York Jets)
  • SoFi Stadium (Los Angeles Rams & Los Angeles Chargers)
  • US Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)

The league also names Verizon an “Official Technology Partner” and the “Official 5G Network of the NFL”, making the company’s “Ultra Wideband” service available in sections of 25 stadiums. Verizon and Mastercard launched a 5G partnership in July focused on digital payments.

Coverage of the kickoff of the NFL season begins on NBC Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. The game will also be available to stream live on Peacock.

Disclosure: CNBC mother Comcast owns NBC Sports and Peacock.

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