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Apple May Bundle NFL Plus with NFL Sunday Ticket

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Apple appears to have the inside track to bundling the just-reported new mobile streaming service from the NFL with the league's soon-to-be-available NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market games package, according to Apple Insider and several other media sources covering the tech giant closely.

Last month, it was reported that Apple was close -- or perhaps had even completed -- a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar deal to assume NFL Sunday Ticket rights once legacy stakeholder DirecTV's deal to carry the package ends after this upcoming pro football season.

Separately, Apple is said to be in negotiations with the league to purchase an equity stake in NFL Media, the division that will reportedly launch the new mobile streaming service, dubbed "NFL Plus," in July.

Also: NFL Set To Launch $5 Monthly Streaming Services in July: Report

Both NFL Plus and NFL Sunday Ticket would live within the confines of subscription streaming service Apple TV Plus, the enthusiasts pubs report. 

On Wednesday, Sports Business Journal reported that the NFL was moving forward with a plan to launch a $5-a-month streaming service that would give subscribers smart phone and tablet access to NFL games. The service would replace legacy mobile offerings offered in previous seasons through Yahoo, Verizon and other third parties. ■

Daniel Frankel is the managing editor of Next TV, an internet publishing vertical focused on the business of video streaming. A Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered the media and technology industries for more than two decades, Daniel has worked on staff for publications including E! Online, Electronic Media, Mediaweek, Variety, paidContent and GigaOm. You can start living a healthier life with greater wealth and prosperity by following Daniel on Twitter today!