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Subreddit Of Illegal NBA Streams Shut Down

“Reddit has had /r/mmastreams and /r/soccerstreams shut down in recent weeks as well. Although, many more still prevail on the site streaming content from wrestling to the NFL and MLB and beyond.”

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Reddit shut down one of its more popular streaming subreddits, /r/nbastreams, Tuesday morning after the site surpassed the threshold of copyright infringement claims. The subreddit had over 400,000 subscribers.

The subreddit was a community effort to provide streams of out of market games, or simply provide a higher quality stream, by having a host site with legal access to the games through NBA League Pass, or otherwise, and making it available to the subreddit’s subscribers free of charge. Illegal streaming sites are usually successful by hosting the streams abroad, making it very difficult to track and shut down.

According to Sporting News, an article from The Beaverton played a large role in outing the popular stream host. The article’s headline “NBA streams subreddit becomes Canada’s #1 TV provider” raised some eyebrows. The article claimed that although Canada saw ratings growth during the Toronto Raptors championship run, the subreddit’s stream was still a more popular option.

Once the subreddit began garnering unwanted attention, the copyright claims came through. According to Reddit’s website, the Repeat Copyright Infringement Policy is as follows:

“Our policy is to close the accounts of users, in appropriate circumstances, who have repeatedly been charged with copyright infringement. Sometimes a repeat infringement problem is limited to one user and we close just that user’s account. Other times, the problem pervades a whole subreddit community and we close the subreddit.”

Reddit is no stranger to copyright claims. Afterall, the site is almost completely user driven. However, as the site continues to grow in the mainstream eye ( /r/AMA anyone? ), the uptick in copyright claims has grown at a rapid pace.

These are the DMCA reports over the past few years from Reddit’s 2018 Transparency Report:

  • 2018: 9,534 DMCA notices, which resulted in 26,234 content removals.
  • 2017: 3,130 DMCA notices, which resulted in 4,352 content removals
  • 2016: 1,155 DMCA notices, which resulted in 610 content removals

Reddit has had /r/mmastreams and /r/soccerstreams shut down in recent weeks as well. Although, many more still prevail on the site streaming content from wrestling to the NFL and MLB and beyond.

https://twitter.com/PlayoffWhi/status/1140704367080697856

/R/nbastreams isn’t giving up easily. Though, as streaming become the norm, and usually with a cheaper price tag, illegal streams could calm down. But as long as NFL Sunday Ticket and the NBA League Pass and others are exclusive products with comparatively poor streaming quality and support, illegal streams will continue to be a competitor for companies to have to fight in vain.

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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LaVar Arrington, ‘Up On Game Presents’ Forges Multiplatform Deal With John Brenkus, Brinx.TV

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

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Fox Sports Radio morning co-host LaVar Arrington has announced a multi-platform deal with creator and host of Sport Science John Brenkus and Brinx.TV.

The two entities have created a show called The NIL House, which will feature Brenkus and Rob Vaka discussing the latest news, biggest stories, athletes, collectives, and celebrities in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a pioneer like John Brenkus and Brinx.TV,” said Arrington. “This relationship will dramatically expedite our slate of programming and positively impact the sports entertainment industry.”

“LaVar Arrington has dominated the world of sports on and off the field,” adds Brenkus. “By combining Up On Game and Brinx.TV’s distribution platforms, there really is no limit to our success.”

Up On Game Presents is the podcast platform Arrington curates, in conjunction with Fox Sports Radio. The Up On Game podcast features Arrington and former NFL Pro Bowl wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Plaxico Burress.

Brinx.TV was created in February of 2021 and allows subscribers the ability to watch live programming while also make purchases, bid in auctions, buy NFTs, and answer trivia questions.

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