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Is YouTube's NFL Sunday Ticket Worth It? Here's What We Think

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Now that the contract has ended between DirecTV and the National Football League, the NFL Sunday Ticket premium sports package will head over to YouTube TV in fall 2023.

YouTube recently announced the pricing for the upcoming football season — plus hinted at potential discounts.

Below is what we know so far about the NFL Sunday Ticket’s move to YouTube TV and pricing. If you need to scratch your sports itch while you wait for the 2023 football season to begin, check out these totally legal free sports streaming sites.

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How does NFL Sunday Ticket work?

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With the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can stream NFL games via YouTube TV (a separate app/website from regular YouTube) via computer, tablet, smartphone, game console, Roku, web browser, or another connected streaming device.

The YouTube sports package includes all out-of-market regular-season NFL games that are not regionally broadcast by your local FOX or CBS affiliate. The package doesn’t include Thursday Night Football (currently on Amazon Prime Video), Sunday Night Football, or Monday Night Football games.

What games are considered “out of market” depends on the customer’s billing address and streaming access. So if you live in the New York metropolitan area, for example, you’d potentially be able to watch a Miami Dolphins or an Arizona Cardinals game. That’s because those events would not be broadcast in the local market. However, since the New York Giants game would air on your local FOX or CBS affiliate, those games would be blocked from the service.

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How much does the NFL Sunday Ticket subscription cost?

NFL Sunday Ticket has two different options, one for YouTube subscribers and one for nonsubscribers.

Current YouTube subscribers

  • $249 per season when you buy before June 6
  • $349 per season when you buy after June 6
  • $289 per season + RedZone and buy before June 6
  • $389 per season + RedZone and buy after June 6

YouTube subscribers also have the option to buy just the RedZone Channel for $10.99/month during the season.

Non-YouTube subscribers

  • $349 per season when you buy before June 6
  • $449 per season when you buy after June 6
  • $389 per season + RedZone and buy before June 6
  • $489 per season + RedZone and you buy after June 6

As part of their big NFL announcement, YouTube TV is running a sale on the NFL Sunday Ticket for new subscribers who sign up for the television service. Your first three months will cost $62.99. After that, the price will go up to $72.99 a month.


Are playoff games and the Super Bowl included in the NFL Sunday Ticket?

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No, the NFL Sunday Ticket subscription only includes out-of-market games that are played on Sunday afternoons during the regular season. You would not be able to watch the games that are broadcast nationally as part of Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, or Monday Night Football.

Since the subscription only includes live regular season games, NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl are not included. NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl air nationally on broadcast television, which means that those games are blocked out from the NFL Sunday Ticket season pass.

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Will the NFL Sunday Ticket offer discounts for college students?

When NFL Sunday Ticket was part of DirecTV, they offered college students a massive discount with the “Sunday Ticket University” program. Students could get $300 off the regular price!

YouTube hasn’t said anything yet about whether they’ll continue a college discount in 2023. But they’re hinting at other potential price breaks. The NFL’s chief media and business officer, Brian Rolapp, recently shared that the NFL is exploring the possibility of offering a “lighter” and stripped-down option for subscribers. Perhaps “fewer games for a lesser price,” he said.


Is the NFL Sunday Ticket worth it?

If you live and breathe professional football or are a dedicated fan who needs to see every single game that your favorite team plays, then the NFL Sunday Ticket is worth it. But like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or any other premium streaming service, viewing the programs offered comes at a price. In this case, that’s a minimum of $249 per season.

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