The National Football League (NFL) is the highest level of professional American football. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing its name to the National Football League in 1922. The league currently consists of thirty-two teams from the United States. The league is divided evenly into two conferences — the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC), and each conference has four divisions that have four teams each.
The NFL is organized as an unincorporated association of its 32 teams. The NFL is by far the most attended domestic sports league in the world by average attendance per game, with 67,509 fans per game in the latest regular season (2009). So why does the NFL control how the US watches the football games? Right now the only way to watch the NFL:
- HD antenna (limited to 1-2 games a Sunday) – Free
- Basic Cable (limited to 1-2 games a Sunday) – $30+ /month
- Premium Cable (limited to 2-4 games a Sunday) – $100+ /month
- Direct TV (Any game) – $100+ /month
There is one other cheaper way to watch the NFL, it is called the NFL Game Pass – which will allow you to watch any game, anytime online (with the right computer you can easily just use your TV as a monitor). With the NFL Gamepass you get:
- Every Regular Season NFL Game – Live or On-Demand
- HD-Quality video with DVR controls
- Home and away team radio broadcasts
- Never miss a score on Sundays with NFL RedZone
- 24-hour access to live NFL Network programming
- Picture-in-picture and multi-game views [up to 4 games on one screen]
- Jump to key moments with Big Play Markers
The NFL Game Pass has
four three options:
- NFL Season Subscription
- Get unlimited access to all 2010 NFL preseason and regular season games, and NFL Network 24×7.
- Watch over 300 games all season long.
- Priced: $260 ($11.81/week)
- Single Team Subscription
- Follow your favorite team each week throughout the season.
- Priced: $201.75 ($9.17/week)
- Monthly Subscription
- Get unlimited access to the live action, NFL Network, and the complete game archive for 28 days.
- Priced:$80.71 USD
Weekly Subscription Watch this week’s most exciting match-ups with a 7 day pass. Priced: $24.99 USD
You want this don’t you? We’ll there is a catch – NFL Game Pass is restricted to users located outside the United States, Mexico, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, and any U.S. territories, possessions and commonwealths.
Getting NFL Game Pass in the United States
- Get a UK VPN account (I use VPNgates for $70 for 6 months ($11.66/month). NOTE: Get any VPN – do your research!
- You only need it for the NFL season.
- Login to your VPN account (see easy VPNgates easy instructions)
- Order NFL Game Pass (note you have to be logged into your VPN account, otherwise NFL will see you are purchasing from the US)
- Hint, pay with your pay with a PayPal account or another pre-paid credit card.
- Log-off your VPN account (see easy instructions)
- If you don’t your internet can be slow for domestic searching.
When you want to watch any game / anytime just follow these instructions IN ORDER:
- Login to your VPN account (see easy instructions) – If you are not logged into the VPN before you open any browser this will not work.
- Open Browser
- Login into your NFL Game Pass account
- Watch games (yes games, remember you can watch up to 4 games at one time).
For just six months a year you can watch every game via NFL Game Pass or take your chances with a high monthly bill or free access via antenna. Paying only for the 6 month for the NFL season is frugal compared to being stuck with a yearly bill. Be smart with your money and remember your taxes paid for every NFL stadium, high NFL salaries and what do you get? Limited Access.