The NFL is expanding its plans to expand the fiber internet to all teams and stadiums, and the league is calling it “the most important thing for the game today.”
“There’s no question it’s a priority for us and it’s what we’re going to do to make sure we’re delivering the best possible internet to every single team,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday.
“Fiber internet delivers the best of the future and it is the next step in our evolution.”
The NFL is not releasing specific details about when exactly the network will be rolled out, but it says that the “first phase of fiber will be available for all teams, stadiums and venues in 2020.”
“That’s the critical time of the year,” Goodell said.
“You have to have the infrastructure and the equipment in place by the end of that year to get that fiber internet in every stadium and stadium.”
The league said that the network could be deployed in 2026 and 2027.
The NFL has also expanded its internet to include its own local broadcast rights.
The league’s official website states that “the NFL is excited to be working with a local broadcaster to bring the NFL experience to the local market.”