Thought that your Facebook news feed was over-run by football banter? Just wait.
The National Football League has signed a deal with Facebook to allow the posting of ad-supported football clips on the world’s largest social-networking website.
Details of the agreement, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, weren’t publicly announced.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the deal and said in a statement Wednesday to NBC News: “This is a small video sponsorship test, and we will be evaluating how people, publishers, and marketers respond to this kind of co-branded video content on Facebook.”
The test is said to start next Tuesday, December 30th. Here’s how it’s supposed to work, according to NBC:
1. The NFL will post short videos to its Facebook pages.
2. People who watch the clip will also see a sponsor ad at the bottom, along with a short post-roll at the end of the video.
3. Facebook and the NFL would divvy up the ad revenue.
It’s that simple.
Facebook has been trying to re-format of the video section, so this NFL deal will play a large role in that change.