On March 25th, 2019 Verizon and the NFL announced a two-year innovation partnership to develop new products and services that will use the Verizon 5G network and other future technologies to enhance NFL games and the overall fan experience.
According to Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, Verizon has been one of their most trusted partners for over 10 years:
“[…] Our work with them has delivered fans incredible access and experiences around the NFL. As the promise of 5G technology nears, I’m excited to enter into this innovation partnership with Verizon which should again bring a multitude of benefits to our millions of fans worldwide.”
The partnership will establish Verizon as “The Official 5G Innovation Partner of the NFL,” this will initially include three pillars:
#1—The In-Stadium Experience
Verizon and the NFL will develop new in-stadium mobile features designed to enhance the in-stadium fan experience by harnessing the power of 5G.
#2—5G Mobile Gaming Challenge
Verizon and the NFL will call on game developers to create one or more NFL themed mobile games powered by the 5G network. The game(s) will be designed to showcase the power of 5G in gaming by taking advantage of low latency to enable higher quality experiences.
#3—Emerging Video Streaming Technology
Verizon will explore use of 5G to stream volumetric video, an emerging media format, for the development of new fan experiences and applications.
This is an expansion of Verizon’s already long-standing partnership with the NFL which includes the mobile distribution of live games and other NFL content across its massive mobile network and distributed through Verizon Media’s Yahoo! Sports; unique experiences for customers enrolled in the Verizon Up rewards program at key NFL events including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and the NFL Draft; and coordination with individual NFL teams and venues on stadium technology to help improve operations and connectivity for their fans.
“Today’s announcement is another milestone in Verizon’s long-standing relationship with the NFL. The Innovation Partnership will use Verizon’s 5G technology to unlock new and exciting ways for NFL fans to view, share and engage with their favorite teams no matter where they are. From the living room to the stadium, 5G will transform the sports experience.” —Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon