Report: NBA, NFL, and UFC plan to rewrite DMCA laws in order to shut down illegal livestreams ‘instantaneously’
According to reports, the NBA, NFL, and UFC are planning to rewrite DMCA laws in order to shut down illegal livestreams “instantaneously” to combat what they are calling up to $28 billion in potential annual revenue loss.
NBA, NFL, and UFC are planning to rewrite DMCA laws to shut down illegal livestreams
$28 billion in revenue, huh? There’s no way that number is correct or really, even able to be calculated properly. Really they lost exactly $0.00 from people not willing to pay for their product in the first place, right?
Look, obviously this news isn’t surprising to anyone but you would think that the NBA, NFL, and UFC have better things to focus their attention on than people trying to watch their product online by any means necessary.
Here’s an idea, if you want people to stop illegally streaming games, then why don’t these leagues and team owners make their product more affordable or at the very least, a streaming platform to watch their games that actually works.
NBA League Pass is a complete disaster. The app barely works and constantly freezes or closes in the middle of games. NFL Sunday Ticket is now on YouTubeTV, so you need to have not one, but two accounts (paid) to watch football games.
The best offer I’ve seen for NFL Sunday Ticket is courtesy of FanDuel. When a sports book is offering the best deal on a streaming package, the leagues definitely need to figure shit out.
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There are zero custom “team packages” available. You either go all-in and buy a full-season subscription to watch sporting events or you’re shit out of luck.
The perfect example would be the MLS. They completely shifted AppleTV and I haven’t even thought about the Philadelphia Union all season because of it.
It would also help if they stop blacking out games in local areas.
Think about it. If I have to buy a cable subscription while also paying for whatever streaming platform to watch any professional sports league, only to have the local game blacked out because I live in the area, then all of the sudden I’m paying hundreds of dollars simply to watch an event.
So since there’s no other options better than illegally streaming it while at home, maybe the owners of these leagues will make attending games in person more affordable? It costs an arm and a leg to attend a sporting event these days.
I doubt it. It appears they are focused on shutting down those illegal livestreams.
Just ask Narc Cuban
You have tickets and parking costs before you even get into the stadium or arena and from there, you’re paying $16-$20 for a beer. Try taking a family of four or five to a sporting event and you’re walking out of there with at minimum a $400 tab.
At the end of the day, maybe ditch the “power trip” and focus on how making streaming options and in-game experiences more appealing to consumers. Professional sports leagues need to make everything more accessible to all markets and then illegal streaming will become less prevalent.
It’s really not even that difficult of a concept to understand.