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Whistle Sports Signs Deal With NFL To Distribute Social Media Content

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 23 / 16

Digital media company Whistle Sports signed a deal with the NFL that will allow the service to create and distribute NFL-themed content on social media this season. The NFL views this as an opportunity to reach younger fans, given the demographic of Whistle’s viewers. The NFL deal will see pla...

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