The New York Jets and Chicago Bears are the latest teams to sign TV deals with ESPN and DirecTV, which both offer their programming on a pay-per-view basis.
ESPN and HBO have already started to make money.
ESPN also owns and operates NFL Network, which broadcasts live NFL games and the regular season.
But it is the NFL that has a deal in place that will bring more viewers to ESPN and make it easier for the league to grow.
Under the new pact, the NFL and the network will each make $1.25 billion per year from the sale of the rights to its games.
The NFL is also taking a big hit.
ESPN has lost $1 billion, and DireCTV has lost almost $500 million.
The league is hoping the deal will be worth $10 billion in the long term.
“There’s a very clear path forward,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during a news conference Tuesday.
“I believe the ratings, if we can achieve that, will be an incredible benefit to the NFL, and it will also help us build the game.”
The deal is a bit of a surprise, given how much money ESPN makes from its broadcast of the World Series.
According to the company’s most recent earnings report, it earned $13.9 billion from the broadcast of that year’s Super Bowl.
“We are proud to have signed the rights that we have for the NFL to broadcast all of its games for the foreseeable future,” said ESPN’s Chief Revenue Officer, Tom Heck, in a statement.
The deal comes on the heels of ESPN announcing that it would be adding an additional six networks and four digital platforms, including a new sports channel.
ESPN says the deal with DirecTv will help the league achieve its goal of becoming a media company.
“This agreement is an important milestone in our growth strategy to become a truly global sports network, delivering content to fans around the world,” said Direc Turner Chairman and CEO Stephen A. Smith.
“The DirecTSV acquisition will help us achieve this goal and make our business more robust and sustainable.”