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Boomer Esiason teases NFL, Netflix to team up for Christmas games


Ex-CBS broadcaster Boomer Esiason is teasing a possible partnership between the NFL and Netflix for new signature game broadcasts.

“Don’t be surprised if the NFL and Netflix go to bed for some fun football games on Christmas Day,” Esiason said Wednesday on his WFAN show “Boomer and Gio” with co-host Gregg Giannotti.

Esiason said he should take this “little thing with a grain of salt,” but thinks he is right.

The 63-year-old has some insight into how the NFL media world operates, having worked for ‘The NFL Today’ before recently being let go alongside 68-year-old Phil Simms.

The NFL has shown it will explore all options with its media rights, including an exclusive Peacock playoff game with partner NBC last year.

Fans were outraged at the time, as many speculated that the NFL was approaching a pay-per-view model like that of the UFC and boxing, where it costs $5.99 per month to subscribe to Peacock.

Boomer Esiason speculates that the NFL and Netflix could be lining up for a broadcast deal.
Boomer Esiason speculated that the NFL and Netflix would be lining up for a broadcast deal. X, @awfulannouncing

In theory, Netflix would cost a little more, with their limited advertising package priced at $6.99 per month and their standard package priced at $15.49 per month.

The limited package does mention that some TV shows and movies would be removed from the collection; it’s unclear whether the NFL would qualify for this provision in Netflix’s cheapest package.

Netflix is ​​already active in the sports market, with the upcoming Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul fight in July streaming on the platform.

An Eagles fan who wore a Grinch mask during the team's Christmas Day game against the Giants last season.
An Eagles fan who wore a Grinch mask during the team’s Christmas Day game against the Giants last season. Bill Kostroun for the NY Post

November 14 also aired “The Netflix Cup,” a crossover golf event featuring PGA Tour stars and Formula 1 drivers.

If Tyson-Paul is available to watch for all Netflix users, this would potentially bode well for those willing to pay the least amount to watch Christmas Day football.

CBS recently decided to bring in retired players JJ Watt and Matt Ryan to replace Simms and Esiason as the NFL continues to flirt with the new era of live sporting events on streaming platforms.

The NFL hosted three Christmas Day games last season and has plans to do so again this year.

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