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Super Bowl to be streamed live for first time

December 20, 2011 |  9:40 am

The Super Bowl will be streamed live by the NFL, NBC and Verizon for the first time in 2012Super Bowl Sunday has long been an unofficial holiday in the U.S., an excuse to get together with everyone you know at a sports bar or in the living room of the person who has the biggest television.

A record 111 million people watched last season's championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the NFL and NBC want to reach even more viewers this time around.

You know, like those poor suckers who are stuck in the office or for some reason have to run errands at exactly 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 and don't have an extension cord quite long enough bring along their portable TV sets?

Now even those people can watch the big game ... as long as they are somewhere that has Internet or cellular service.

The NFL announced Tuesday that NBC's broadcasts of wild-card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl will be streamed online and to mobile phones for the first time, through the league's and network's websites and Verizon's NFL Mobile app.

Additional camera angles, in-game highlights and live statistics also will be included in the package. Unfortunately it won't check the results of your football pool or go get a third bowl of chili for you -- but at least now you won't miss any action while doing those things.

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-- Chuck Schilken

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