Money Saving Tips
September 18, 2015

Is the NFL Sunday Ticket Worth it?

Written By Emily Jones
Last updated November 10, 2017

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Reader Question: I recently relocated to Chicago from Denver, and I’m a huge Broncos fan. The only way for me to see the games is to hit up a bar or purchase the NFL Sunday ticket. My question for you: is the Sunday ticket worth the money?

Answer: Yes and no. Ordering the ticket will set you back a significant amount, however it may be worth it given your specific situation. Ask yourself these questions.

  • Are you an avid football fan that would enjoy watching multiple games? If the answer is yes you will very much get your fill with the ticket.
  • Do the math, check how many times your team will be televised nationally. For example if the Denver Broncos have five nationally televised games, this leaves 11 games you can only access through the ticket. The cost works to just under $23 a game. Would you spend more at a restaurant/bar or are you a one beer kind of guy?
  • Do you live in an area that tends to only show the local team that you aren’t a fan of?
  • What time are your games shown? Are you an east coast fan living on the west coast? If so most of your games will be shown at 10 a.m. Might be hard to get up and get to a bar that early.

DIRECTV shows every out-of-market game, every Sunday. Depending on your package, you can access all games online, streaming any game anywhere. Unfortunately, the Sunday ticket is only available through DIRECTV. However, if you are looking to switch, big deals are to be had right now.

New customers are in luck. They receive the NFL Sunday Ticket Max free for the first 12 months, plus a number of other upgrades including HBO, Cinemax and Showtime (first three months), with a 24-month contract.

<If you are a current DIRECTV customer, the NFL Sunday Ticket Max will run you $353.94 or six payments of $58.99 for the season. This package includes online streaming access of each game. The other option is the NFL Sunday Ticket. With this option you can watch any game on your television for $251.94, or six payments of $41.99, for the season. Unsure if you want to pull the trigger yet? Enjoy a free trial of the ticket this weekend only. Hello football!

About the Author

Emily Jones

Emily Jones has been writing for personal finance blogs for over 5 years. Her specific interests include, budget travel, living well on a budget, and deal finding. While in graduate school Emily was forced to find creative ways to be able to afford to travel. Now that she has a family, her affection for travel and shopping continue, but on a very tight budget. Emily enjoys sharing her deal finding tricks with her readers.

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