This is going to be so cool — and it’s going to make Twitter go wild!
The NFL has decided to partner with Twitter to live stream their Thursday Night Football games for the coming fall — ten contests in total that are going to be available to watch, totally free, on the social network!
That means roughly 800 million (!) registered and non-registered users of the short-form message service will be able to see ten different Thursday night games throughout the fall — no catch, no cost, no subscription, just totally FREE!
This isn’t the first time that the NFL has done this — last year, they took to Yahoo! to set up a free livestream for a game in London between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars — but it is the first time they are going to do so many games and give fans so much access with no broadcast rights up for grabs!
Football’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, said of the decision to go to Twitter for Thursday night games:
“Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football. There is a massive amount of NFL-related conversation happening on Twitter during our games and tapping into that audience, in addition to our viewers on broadcast and cable, will ensure Thursday Night Football is seen on an unprecedented number of platforms this season.”
Twitter’s own CEO, Jack Dorsey, added a statement, too:
“This is about transforming the fan experience with football. People watch NFL games with Twitter today. Now they’ll be able to watch right on Twitter Thursday nights.”
Soon, we’ll be getting a lot of football on the 140-character feed. Thursday nights are going to be something else!
Will YOU be watching your football on Twitter??