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Microsoft announces Xbox One partnership with NFL

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Microsoft has entered into a partnership with the National Football League for exclusive content on the Xbox One, Microsoft announced during its reveal event for the console today.

Nancy Tellem, president of Xbox Entertainment Studios, introduced a video featuring Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Xbox division, as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The two discussed the partnership, which they said will deliver the ultimate viewing experience for football fans.

The video offered a glimpse at the Xbox One's deep integration with fantasy football — your fantasy team can appear in a sidebar next to a live NFL game, and a player's stats will be instantly updated in the fantasy app when he scores on the field. Mattrick also mentioned Skype support, suggesting that you can call your friends with video chat for taunting after your team wins.

It will be "easier to watch football with the device, and a better experience," said Goodell. According to Mattrick, the deal between Microsoft and the NFL will give Xbox One owners "exclusive content" through SmartGlass and Kinect, although he did not provide details. You can watch the video below.

According to a press release Microsoft sent out after the reveal event ended, the "multiyear, landmark partnership" will change the interactive television experience as well as the sport of football itself.

"The NFL on Xbox will redefine broadcast experiences through innovations around Skype, Xbox SmartGlass and player-worn technology; add an all-new fantasy football solution for the biggest screen in the house; and create a personalized NFL destination only available on Xbox One," said Microsoft.

No mention was made of DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket. Sony scored an exclusive partnership with DirecTV for a Sunday Ticket app on PlayStation 3 during this generation of consoles. However, Madden NFL 25, as well as FIFA 14, NBA Live 14 and EA Sports UFC will all feature exclusive content for Xbox One.

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