The Washington Redskins and NBC Sports Washington have confirmed the formation of a “landmark partnership” that will provide the National Football League’s (NFL) first interactive, predictive-gaming live television presentation of the team’s four preseason games.
The pilot telecasts, entitled Predict the Game, will feature free-to-play contests where fans can win $1,000 cash each quarter as well as other second chance prizes. The presentations will be exclusively available on NBC Sports Washington Plus, beginning on August 8, when the Redskins open the preseason at the Cleveland Browns.
Redskins Senior Vice President Scott Shepherd welcomed the deal, saying: “We’re thrilled to partner with NBC Sports Washington to bring the first predictive, free-to-play live-game telecast to the NFL. This partnership strategically aligns with our organization’s commitment to constant innovation for our fans. We are continuously working to enhance the fan experience and strive to identify new, meaningful ways for our incredible fans to engage with our team.”
The enhanced experience on NBC Sports Washington Plus will feature Predict the Game elements and other interactive features, combined with real-time statistics and information, displayed on a graphic overlay surrounding the game telecast. The full audio, video and graphics from the regular live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington, will be included in the alternate presentation.
Damon Phillips, NBC Sports Washington SVP and General Manager, added: “We are committed to delivering the most engaging experience possible to fans, so the opportunity to partner with the Redskins to combine live NFL action with predictive gaming this preseason is something we are very excited about.”
Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of questions that will appear on screen, as well as on users’ mobile or desktop devices. Points will be awarded for making selections, with additional points awarded for correct predictions.
A top eligible scorer at the end of each quarter will earn or share the $1,000 prize, with a new game beginning each quarter. Randomly selected participants will also be eligible to receive other second chance prizes such as game tickets, VIP experiences and memorabilia.