How would you like a completely legal way to watch the entire 2013-14 NFL season for $99? I’ll even sweeten the deal and throw in the popular Madden game for no extra cost. While this is starting to sound like a crappy TV ad its actually legit, and DirecTV isn’t really getting the word out about it. Want to know why?
Back in 2009 DirecTV renewed its contract with the NFL to maintain exclusive rights to sell NFL Sunday Ticket. You can read the details on the agreement from the New York times, but the big change the NFL pushed for and won (besides the ticket price jumping from 700 million a year to 1 billion a year) was a big win for cable cutters. In the agreement DirecTV agreed to offer an internet based NFL Sunday Ticket package to customers unable to get DirecTV service. While for many this may fall into a gray area since you might be able to get DirecTV, but don’t want to pay the extra for the TV service, many bloggers have found the system doesn’t have a for sure way to check your eligibility, so its easy to get. This is a pretty bitter pill to swallow for DirecTV since they make their money off you paying for their TV packages, not the sport packages like NFL Sunday Ticket.
So you likely want to know how to get in on this? You can try going through DirecTV, but past packages have cost $250 or more. If you have a PS3 or Xbox 360 you can get the entire NFL 2013-2014 season for $99 by purchasing the special Madden 25 NFL Special Anniversary edition. This deal is only available through Amazon, and ironically the deal gets you the NFL Sunday ticket on just about everything but a gaming console (you can get it for the PS3, but it costs $300 and is a separate purchase). Use my links below and Amazon will toss me a few cents to keep this blog running (doesn’t cost you anything extra).
Once you get the game (it won’t be released until August 27th 2013) it will have two codes. One code will get you NFL Sunday Ticket for free on your DirecTV system, if you already have NFL Sunday Ticket it will upgrade you to NFL Sunday Ticket Max (adds mobile access). Another code will allow you to activate the mobile only service. You can check out the fine details on the offer HERE.
So, some may be asking “why this is worth the effort?” Well, the 100% legit reason is because you couldn’t get DirecTV service and want to watch as much football as possible. For myself my apartment allows me to mount the dish to my porch, but when the installer came he told me I was facing the wrong way. I tried to get them to mount it from the bathroom window, but that was a no go from management…different story. So this will allow me to finally get the NFL fix I’ve been wanting.
The other side of the argument is the extra costs involved for content you don’t want. The cable cutter mantra is paying for what you want, when you want it, not paying an ever increasing monthly fee for access to hundreds of channels you won’t use. While $250 for a sports package seems steep you have to remember that you have to an active DirecTV programming packages on top of that. When you add up the fees for the subscription, equipment rental, regulatory fees, HD access, ect. you’re looking at about $80 a month on top of the costs for the NFL package. You also can’t forget that unless you want to pay for the dish and box and install out of pocket (around $500) you’ll have to sign a contract locking you into paying for the service for 2 years. After all that $99 sounds pretty cheap doesn’t it?