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CloakNNNdagger
10-01-2010, 01:04 PM
I truly feel sorry for the NFL. Squeeze the nickel. :chef:

League steps up efforts to prevent illegal game broadcasts in blacked-out markets

Last Sunday, establishments in Tampa reportedly (and at least one of which admittedly) broadcast to their patrons an Internet feed of the blacked-out game between the Steelers and the Buccaneers.

This Sunday, the NFL will be keeping an eye out for similar behavior.

Per the San Diego Union-Tribune, the league has sent "cease and desist" letters to eight Tampa-area establishments.

Wrote the blue suits from Covington & Burling in the correspondence, "We recently have been made aware that your establishment, without authorization from the NFL, showed to its patrons unauthorized Internet streams of NFL Game Telecasts. The Copyright Act authorizes the award of damages of up to $150,000 for each game telecast infringed, plus temporary and permanent injunctive relief, court costs, and attorneys' fees. . . .

"Accordingly, we demand that you immediately cease showing NFL Game Telecasts not televised locally and/or streamed illegally over the Internet."

NFL spokesman Dan Masonson told the Union-Tribune that the league will be on the lookout for potentially illegal broadcasts in San Diego.

"Typically, these establishments will comply and there will be no further infringement issues," Masonson said. "This week we are stepping up our monitoring of San Diego-area establishments and Internet streaming."

For the September 19 contest between the Jaguars and the Chargers, which was blacked out in San Diego, local bars showed the game via Internet feed or a DirecTV card registered to an area code outside the blackout zone.

Though attempts to shut down this practice may seem heavy-handed, the holders of copyrights must defend them or face losing them. Also, and as the Union-Tribune points out, purveyors of pay-per-view events for years have tried to prevent bars from illegally broadcasts.

eriadoc
10-01-2010, 07:50 PM
So if a team is lagging behind in attendance, blackouts are intended to keep the team out of sight, out of mind, right?

Morons.

JB
10-01-2010, 07:56 PM
So if a team is lagging behind in attendance, blackouts are intended to keep the team out of sight, out of mind, right?

Morons.

I think that if the NFL is serious about the blackout policy, which obviously they are, they need to mandate that any team that has 3 blackouts in a row has to reduce ticket prices 15%....:kitten:

ChampionTexan
10-01-2010, 08:04 PM
I truly feel sorry for the NFL. Squeeze the nickel. :chef:

League steps up efforts to prevent illegal game broadcasts in blacked-out markets

This Sunday, the NFL will be keeping an eye out for similar behavior.

Per the San Diego Union-Tribune, the league has sent "cease and desist" letters to eight Tampa-area establishments.


I can state with 100% certainty that this Sunday the league will find absolutely no Tampa-area establishments violating their blackout policy!

CloakNNNdagger
10-01-2010, 09:30 PM
So if a team is lagging behind in attendance, blackouts are intended to keep the team out of sight, out of mind, right?

Morons.

I think that if the NFL is serious about the blackout policy, which obviously they are, they need to mandate that any team that has 3 blackouts in a row has to reduce ticket prices 15%....:kitten:

The NFL feels that if they black out games, it will force people into the stands. While they bask in their multimillions, they have absolutely no reguard for the economic hardships of the average fan.

As far as discounts after a series of blackouts..........ain't gonna happen.........for the same above reason. Last year, the Bucs, through a loophole, bought up a load of their own tickets at a discount to avoid blackouts. This year they announced that they decided not to do so. What wasn't revealed was that the NFL told them that they would no longer be able to buy those tickets at a discount.

Gotta love the NFL. Pretty soon I expect to see a fee tacked on somewhere, to EXIT the stadiums.:rake:

mattieuk
10-01-2010, 09:32 PM
I think that if the NFL is serious about the blackout policy, which obviously they are, they need to mandate that any team that has 3 blackouts in a row has to reduce ticket prices 15%....:kitten:

Awful idea.

That contains way to much common sense.

eriadoc
10-02-2010, 06:34 AM
The NFL feels that if they black out games, it will force people into the stands. While they bask in their multimillions, they have absolutely no reguard for the economic hardships of the average fan.

The economic hardship is part of the equation, to be sure, but I was generally commenting on the concept that you mentioned. Blacking out games doesn't force people into the stands. It causes the people who don't go to games to find something else to do besides watch football. LA is a good example that the NFL just can't get their mind around. People in LA have a variety of things they can do on any given Sunday. If the local team was on TV constantly, it might drum up enough interest to start putting people in the seats, but if not, people have plenty of alternatives.

SD is not as big, but they'll find out the same thing applies there if the blackouts continue. Eventually, enough people will stop worrying about the game being on TV and just go do something else.

Koolaid Time
10-02-2010, 06:48 AM
You mean I'll have to stop watching the Texans games on www.channelsurfing.net which carries free internet feeds of most NFL games when I'm not watching my DirectTV?

:wild:

thunderkyss
10-02-2010, 11:11 AM
The NFL seems like it's being run by a bunch of Democrats.

"You're not buying our product?" "Fine, we'll stop advertising in your area until you do."

Let the N.O. Saints go to Tampa, I bet they'll sell out. The Patriots, the Cowboys, the Eagles....... they'll sell out.

The NFL should put pressure on ownership if they aren't selling out, not the fans. If the ownership can't get people into the stadium, they need to go.

thunderkyss
10-02-2010, 11:13 AM
How about if your games are blacked out, you lose that portion of revenue sharing?

I bet that'll change how they do business.

TimeKiller
10-03-2010, 10:57 AM
Let me get this perfectly clear....


The National Football League is literally stopping people from watching the National Football League?