Chris Russo blasts NFL Sunday Ticket for YouTube move after 29 years on Direct TV: ‘All they want to do is lose money!’
- Sunday Ticket prices currently range from $249 to $489 based on variables
- Russo’s biggest issue with the change is it being ‘so gosh darn difficult’ to use
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American sports personality Chris Russo has voiced his displeasure with NFL Sunday Ticket just a few weeks before the start of the regular season.
Following a 29-year run on DirectTV, the NFL’s package to allow viewers to watch out-of-market games is moving to YouTube TV and YouTube TV Primetime as part of a reported seven-year, $2billion deal.
During Tuesday’s addition of his show ‘Mad Dog Unleashed’, Russo voiced his anger after running into several problems as he attempted to sign up for the service.
‘It’s impossible!’ said the broadcaster. ‘All they want to do is lose money! That’s all they want to do. Lose money with the service and lose money with Fatso’s picks — that’s all I care about and they won’t let me do it.
‘So the NFL and YouTube — whether it’s YouTube TV or regular YouTube — who knows what it is! The only reason I put on YouTube is to put on an old David Crosby interview…’
Chris Russo has voiced his displeasure with the NFL moving Sunday Ticket to YouTube TV
The league’s out-of-market TV package was available for the last 29 years on Direct TV
‘In this age, in 2023, if you are not tech-savvy with your televisions and all of your “devices,” you’re finished — finished!’
And Russo was not done there, as he continued on his rant: ‘They make it so gosh darn difficult. Can’t you just make it easy?
‘All of the good things I did at church at 9 o’clock will be gone by 1 because I’ll be cursing up a storm and throwing things all over the house!’
The prices for Sunday Ticket currently range from $249-$489 and viewers will be able to watch up to four games at a time.
‘We’re doing research on that right now to figure out what are the right types of packages that would be interesting to users,’ Christian Oestlien, YouTube’s vice president of product management, previously told The Athletic.
Despite the work YouTube has put in, or the fact that DirectTV’s version of Sunday Ticket endured reoccurring problems with satellite feeds during bad weather, Russo is not expecting much from the new service.
He and the rest of the NFL fans who tune into Sunday Ticket on September 10th will see for themselves whether the change ends up being a positive or negative one.