NFL, Verizon Talk Tablets

The National Football League is in talks with Verizon Wireless (VZ) to distribute its football programming via a tablet computer.

“The NFL will be on a tablet,” said Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s senior vice president of media strategy. “It’s a question of what shape or form. We are currently talking to Verizon about it.”

Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Debra Lewis declined to comment on the talks.

The discussions underscore the growing importance of video to the wireless industry as it begins a major shift to speedier fourth generation broadband networks. The U.S. wireless industry has been touting video for many years but it has yet to take off in a major way.

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