Xbox One: $400 million dollars to secure NFL partnership
Following the Xbox One Reveal, and the announcement of the NFL partnership deal that followed suit, new information has surfaced in regards to just how deep into their own pockets Microsoft had to go in order to get some exclusives from the NFL for the Xbox One.
According to an exclusive featured on NFL.com, the deal’s hefty price tag rings in at a whopping $400 million dollars for a five-year exclusivity deal. The tip comes from an anonymous source, which an NFL.com site writer comments on not wanting to be revealed, but is familiar with the specifics of what went down between the two behemoths.
The terms of the deal are still somewhat vague, only mentioning exclusivity, in regards to “enhancing your viewing experiences” and watching the game in “unique manners” on the Xbox One. We do know this costly investment does not encompass the exclusive rights of game publishing involving the NFL license, which leave many continuing to scratch their heads.
Bigger news outlets are quick to point out the NFL Sunday Ticket is the likely loyalty of NFL fans moving forward, with both gamers and fans alike divided on the relevancy of the exclusivity.
As many have vocalized on both sides, football fans just want to watch the game without distraction, and gamers just want to enjoy video games on their new video game console.
Gloom and doom continues to surround the Xbox One reveal, and these recently surfaced details are continuing to widen the vocalized divisions of Microsoft’s own user base.