I wasn't able to watch the game last night because of family events. Even if I were home I still wouldn't have been able to legally watch the game even though I paid nearly $100 to watch the NBA's on-line service. You see, League Pass Broadband had the festivities blocked out. I live a mile from Papa Glen's house and the game wasn't even available on the radio (MSU hockey gets the nod). I could have watched the game on an illegal European stream but that would be bad, right?
I encourage everyone to read this article about sports TV rights deals as well as click below the fold to read an interesting on-line chat I had with League Pass customer service. The Wolves may have finally gotten rid of Don Overbeck but the NBA still doesn't want paying customers to watch its product. Here's a little sample of my give-and-take:
10:24:31 MerlinWell I do have one little suggestion. Now it would be hit or miss but it may help.10:24:36 natearchyet the only way i can watch 1/2 the games is to break the law and get a stream like justin.tv10:25:04 MerlinWhat you might want to do is contact your isp and see if you can either get your ip address changed or see if you can get your ip address out of a different location.10:25:22 natearchwhere do i need it changed to?10:25:29 MerlinIf you did that, it might and I do mean might make a little difference between how many of the timberwolves games you would be blacked out of.10:25:41 natearchso i'd be lying10:26:02 natearchwhich would be pretty much the same as me watching live streams from europe10:26:04 natearchfor free10:26:39 MerlinYou will have to understand that a lot of the blackouts are based upon people's ip addresses.10:26:51 natearchyes....but i still live in mankato10:27:08 natearchyou're asking me to lie about where i live to see something i paid for10:27:24 natearchi literally live 1/2 a mile from glen taylor's house10:27:24 MerlinNo that is not what I'm asking.10:27:42 natearchwell, then what is it?10:27:58 natearchchange my ip to a euro address and watch the games i paid for?10:28:01 MerlinSee here's an example, a person can live one place, yet their ip address could be based out of a different area entirely.10:28:14 natearchso it has nothing to do with where i live10:28:44 MerlinI don't think that it would be possible I'm just merely trying to give you a suggestion that might help you. But as I said, if the NBA itself says its gonna be blacked out then its gonna be blacked out.10:29:09 MerlinYour Ip address is the main thing that blackouts are based on.10:29:15 natearchok, say i do want to lie about my location for the sake of watching something i already paid for. i just have to call up my isp and say i want my ip changed10:29:36 natearchhow far does my fake ip address have to be from the target center for this to work?10:30:49 MerlinNo no, see first of all there can only be on ip address, and second it may not just be the ip address that is blacking you out.10:31:04 natearchmaybe if i move to omaha...would that help?