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Google and NFL meet; Sunday Ticket up for grabs?

Google and NFL meet; Sunday Ticket up for grabs?

The National Football League and Google are in talks to be possible partners Photo: Associated Press/Gene J. Puskar

Google has been holding talks with the National Football League, raising speculation that the internet monolith is seeking new inroads into television.

Other tech companies like Apple are reportedly in talks with cable companies to boost access to television through their devices.

With Google sitting on a cash pile of $48 billion, the league’s Sunday Ticket package is easily within its budget.

The contract is currently held by DirecTV, which pays about $1 billion annually for the rights. That contract, however, expires at the end of the 2014 season.

The NFL confirmed its meetings with Google Wednesday, but declined to discuss the nature of those talks, as did Google.

The Sunday Ticket Package provides fans with access to most NFL games, with blackouts for those shown on NBC or ESPN.

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Craig T. Nelson bringing ‘Coach’ back to TV

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Craig T. Nelson has signed on to revive his hit TV sitcom "Coach" for a new sequel series on NBC.

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Kate Upton, Lea Michelle to play best pals in new comedy

Kate Upton arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kate Upton and Lea Michele have teamed up for a new William H. Macy comedy called "The Layover."

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New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast

Firefighters battle a fire at the site of a residential apartment building collapse and fire in New York City's East Village neighborhood, March 26, 2015.

Four apartment buildings in New York City caught fire from an apparent gas explosion, causing 19 injuries.

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Oil price falls as Middle East supply fears ease

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Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Friday as worries receded over the Saudi Arabia-led air strikes in Yemen.

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Germanwings co-pilot had serious depressive episode

Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo.

The German pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps suffered from depression, a German newspaper reported.