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    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.

  • #2
    such ********. Streaming games is awesome, especially for those out of town or out of the country. Or in town with a suck team that gets blacked out

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    • #3
      There is a special spot in hell for Roger Goodell

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      • #4
        It's all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
        #Chop


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        • #5
          Goes hand in hand with more & more games broadcast exclusively on their wholly owned NFL Network.

          Just wondering if one of those NFLN exclusively broadcast games would be in wks. 16-17 & if a HC for a team that's already clinched home field throughout the playoffs sits some starters for it, do you think the League might sanction him for that? Maybe a 5-fig fine?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bengals78 View Post
            There is a special spot in hell for Roger Goodell
            Sig quoted for mother ******* truth.


            Originally posted by WMD
            Jesse realizing Walt was Santa Claus could really shake things up.
            Originally posted by gpngc
            I don't know how old you are, but if you can get to 24/25 without getting arrested or killed, you've done well for yourself lol.

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            • #7
              not surprised Roger Goodell is a ginger, he has no soul

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              • #8
                ************ im in germany, wtf

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                • #9
                  Nosebleed seats + parking + drunk idiots + concessions or a flat screen in HD at home.

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                  • #10
                    On second thought, what can they really do? This might turn into a Napster type scenario, where they try to cut the few chords out there only to see many more pop up.

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                    • #11
                      Wont matter because if that bill passes the NFL wont have to do much to prevent this.


                      Originally posted by WMD
                      Jesse realizing Walt was Santa Claus could really shake things up.
                      Originally posted by gpngc
                      I don't know how old you are, but if you can get to 24/25 without getting arrested or killed, you've done well for yourself lol.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bam bam View Post
                        On second thought, what can they really do? This might turn into a Napster type scenario, where they try to cut the few chords out there only to see many more pop up.

                        It doesn't seem to be that they're going after the websites necessarily, but the establishments that are making money off of showing the games.

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                        • #13
                          I noticed last week that the stream was from the UK and I'm not sure if the US can do anything to stop that.

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                          • #14
                            As much as this post is going to piss everyone off it's the truth...

                            The NFL is a business, they try to run it like a business... They aren't obligated to show you games for free at all and if the stadiums aren't selling out they don't see the point of showing the fans in that area the game.

                            As for streaming... I'm obviously all for it, but they offer packages on the NFL website so living in other countries isn't really an excuse to why you can't view a game because they offer packages for people outside the country.

                            I'm not supporting this, I'm just saying this is how it's viewed and how they want to run their business.

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                            • #15
                              If you have WiFi and allow the patrons to stream it themselves on their own laptops, then can they still file a lawsuit? Or is this just a case of, "Hey, unhook your Mac from the big screen or youts gonna have a problum?"
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