Verizon and the NBA have agreed to a new partnership, one that will have Big Red selling League Pass and offering free games through its Yahoo Sports app.
League Pass, if you aren’t already hip to it, is good for watching basically any out-of-market NBA game, so long as the game isn’t being nationally televised on ESPN or Turner stations. For example, if I want to watch my Trail Blazers play while I’m traveling for work, I could now fire up League Pass through Yahoo Sports and watch.
League Pass will cost you $99, but as a way of persuading you to purchase, Verizon will offer 8 games for free to preview the subscription offering.
The partnership goes way beyond just League Pass and watching games, though. According to Verizon’s press release, they will be creating new content based on archived NBA footage, develop AR content, plus offer highlights and exclusive commentary via Yahoo Sports and a range of Verizon’s other media platforms.
Here are the takeaway highlights from the partnership.
- Access to purchase NBA League Pass in the U.S. – the league’s out-of-market live game service co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports – on Yahoo Sports and other Verizon media platforms
- New daily show highlighting NBA action, storylines and commentary available exclusively on Yahoo Sports and across Verizon’s media platforms
- Development of augmented reality and other new forms of content leveraging Verizon’s leading network technology in partnership with the NBA
- Original sports and lifestyle programming utilizing the league’s vast archive of NBA footage across Yahoo Sports and Verizon’s media platforms
- Verizon’s “It’s on Us” program, which now makes up to eight NBA League Pass games available to registered users, at no cost to the consumer, to preview the League Pass subscription offering
With the All-Star 2018 weekend coming up in February, Verizon says that it will, “Unveil a series of innovative collaborations leveraging Verizon’s leading 5G network and technology designed to deliver premium NBA content and unique fan experiences.”
Should you be on Verizon and want to get in on the NBA action, here’s your chance.