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Fire Haley
07-26-2008, 09:55 AM
The National Football League, signaling a major shift in strategy, will stream live broadcasts of Sunday-night football games beginning in September, making the contests widely available on the Internet for the first time.

For much of its history, the NFL has kept a tight grip on the rights to its games and the use of its images. But with more consumers, particularly younger viewers, turning to their computers for entertainment, the NFL wants to steer the nation's most popular television sport into the digital age.

"We are taking a big leap here," said Steve Bornstein, chief executive of the NFL Network.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-nfl26-2008jul26,0,7783610.story

The National Football League and General Electric Co.’s NBC Sports will announce Monday that they plan to stream on the Web 17 regular-season games, mostly Sunday night matchups — the first time the league has widely distributed complete games live on the Internet in the U.S.

The deal, which kicks off with the season opener on Thursday, Sept. 4, is the biggest step so far by the NFL to wring some value out of the Web. But it is a tentative step, covering only games that air on NBC, excluding the NFL’s 239 other games that air on other networks, including CBS, Fox and ESPN, during the regular season. Nor does it include the league’s playoffs or the Super Bowl, which will air on NBC next year.

The league and NBC say it is an experiment. They hope to prove they can lure new viewers and people who are already watching at home by adding interactive elements.

Viewers will be able to choose from among at least four live camera angles and review statistics that update during the game, according to the league. The league and the network will share in ad sales.

“I think the consumer of media is more and more interested in a greater sense of control over their media experience,” said Gary Zenkel, NBC Sports’ executive vice president of strategic partnerships. “Whether that translates to sports viewing or not, no one knows. But this is certainly an opportunity to experiment.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1217..._us_whats_news

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Free football on the internet....bout time.

Hapa
07-26-2008, 12:28 PM
Won't the Sunday night games always be on TV anyway?

Fire Haley
07-26-2008, 12:39 PM
Not everyone is in front of a tee-vee 24/7.

Galax Steeler
07-27-2008, 07:40 AM
That would be good for some one who had to work and had a computer.

k7brown
07-28-2008, 07:04 AM
That would be good for some one who had to work and had a computer.

...or who is in college and has to write a paper :-)

Elvis
07-28-2008, 08:13 AM
Cool, I guess
:noidea:

stlrtruck
07-28-2008, 09:17 AM
That will make one of my coworkers happy. She's going to India to for 3 months starting the in late August.

xfl2001fan
07-28-2008, 11:07 AM
That will make one of my coworkers happy. She's going to India to for 3 months starting the in late August.

And that, right there, is probably the biggest reason for doing this. They can reach out to a much larger audience by showing more games online. The experiment this year (if successful) will open up many more windows towards additional finances for the NFL.

SteelCityMan786
07-28-2008, 01:03 PM
...or who is in college and has to write a paper :-)

Procrastinating Sucks. :laughing:

Preacher
07-28-2008, 04:03 PM
And that, right there, is probably the biggest reason for doing this. They can reach out to a much larger audience by showing more games online. The experiment this year (if successful) will open up many more windows towards additional finances for the NFL.

Yep.

and it is a great idea.

Don't forget... that means people who are traveling and stuck in airports get to watch it on their laptops.

Men at boring dinner parties get to huddle in a corner and watch it on their phones.

That DREADED sunday evening trip to the supermarket no longer causes a fight.... just take your cell phone with you!

xfl2001fan
07-28-2008, 07:00 PM
Yep.

and it is a great idea.

Don't forget... that means people who are traveling and stuck in airports get to watch it on their laptops.


I agree! I travel frequently and have to do a lot of it on Sundays, to report on Monday at my destination. There's nothing worse than being stuck in an airport (layover) with nothing to do.