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Last week the NFL released a shiny new version of its official Android app. There were some nice additions, like a much-improved interface and some team tracking features. Oh, and it unceremoniously kicked rooted users to the bench, not even allowing them to check scores. Considering that at least some of them had paid Verizon or a cable provider for access to live streaming video, they were justifiably upset.

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It looks like the update to version 8.1.1 has quietly removed the root check, allowing power users to access the app without issue. There's no mention of rooted or modified device support in the sparse change log, but we've confirmed that rooted phones on multiple carriers are now running the app without incident. The screenshots above were taken on a rooted Galaxy Note II.

The app is still pretty mediocre, with video restricted to Verizon on smartphones and home WiFi on tablets, both of which require additional content packages. But now it sucks just a little bit less. It's a great day for America, everybody.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • david coffey

    Proof that negative feedback works. The one star reviews this app was getting after the no root update was spectacular.

    • Adam Truelove

      Considering this is a Verizon app, I'm surprised it did. They usually don't care about negative feedback.

      • ProductFRED

        I don't think it's made by Verizon, just exclusive to their devices.

  • http://about.me/sarmedsiddique Sarmed Siddique

    Un-rooted device? Wtf is that?

  • ddpacino

    Still hate that it's Verizon exclusive. I wish I could pay $5/mo as a Tmo user to get the 24/7 NFL Network , MNF, TNF, and RedZone on Sundays.

    • david coffey

      You and me both man. Baffles me how the nfl wants to spread their reach to europe and canada, yet limit this kind of access to verizon subscribers only.

      • ddpacino

        HA! I just downloaded the Watch NFL Network app and for some reason says I'm signed into Verizon and I get live streaming. INTERESTING. (wont uninstall this for the near future)

  • New_Guy

    ...annnnnnnnd, its officially downloaded.

  • bobomb

    Um, couldn't you have just denied root when it asked? Or was there some other method of checking?

    • Keg Man

      app knows....you dont assign permissions

  • Swoops212

    This app was already hacked easily so they would have had a hard time stopping the community from gaining access anyway. I can confirm the new app works on CM10.2

  • Mike Gibbs

    Fuck em. They still keep my one star rating.

  • WhyMeLord

    What I want to know is how to UNinstall this and other crapware?

  • http://artoften.com/ Joseph Bailey

    Does anyone have this app and can you chromecast to your TV

  • kate

    The app isn't working on the DROID incredible for some reason. After the update it says "bad file" and won't even let me open it.