NEW YORK (MainStreet) – For the first time in history, football fans will be able to watch the Super Bowl online or on their mobile phones for free (commercials and all), the NFL and NBC Universal announced Tuesday.

The event will be streamed live on and, and Verizon Wireless subscribers will also be able to watch the game on their mobile phones via the free NFL Mobile app. In addition to the Super Bowl, fans will also be able to watch the Pro Bowl online, as well as both wildcard games on “Wildcard Saturday” on Jan. 7.

“We are pleased to work with our partners NBC and Verizon to bring our fans more ways to watch their favorite sport during their favorite time of the year,” said Hans Schroeder, NFL senior vice president of media strategy and development, in an official statement.

While it seems doubtful that there will be many Super Bowl parties gathered around a laptop, non-cable households might appreciate the opportunity to hook up a computer to a TV to watch the game. Of course, we imagine most people would just get an antenna to pick up the free NBC broadcast anyway.

On the other hand, this does provide a way for fans to keep watching the game if they’re briefly away from the TV – for instance, taking a bathroom break or running to the store to pick up more beer or snacks. And the online stream will also provide some additional features not found on the TV broadcast, including additional viewing angles, in-game highlights and live statistics.

The Super Bowl will be held on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, while the Pro Bowl will be broadcast the previous Sunday, Jan. 29 from Hawaii.

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