QuickTechs.com – The NFL will offer to pay for “significant” IT solutions from its own IT departments and could be ready to announce those deals by the end of the year, a source familiar with the matter told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.NFL teams will be required to purchase the necessary equipment to meet the requirements of NFL IT, including servers, virtualization, networking and other IT systems.
The NFL also is looking into purchasing additional technology, according to Rapoports source.
Rapoporters sources say the NFL could be interested in buying the servers and networking equipment that will be needed for the NFL Network and other games, but not necessarily the games themselves.
Rapoports sources also said the NFL would have the right to purchase other equipment needed to run the NFL’s video games, including headsets, cameras and game consoles.NFL executives are expected to discuss the details of the deals with the NFLPA, according, Rapopres sources.NFL owners are expected soon to decide whether they will offer their own teams a package of IT services for the 2018 season.
Rapopoulos sources say a package could include servers, networking, virtualized computing, wireless routers, video game consoles, cloud computing and more.