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asandhu23
02-22-2011, 06:17 PM
NBA games streaming on YouTube? Just a click away from a cat playing the piano?

Could happen.

Google — which owns YouTube — is in talks with the NBA and other major sports leagues, according to Bloomberg.

YouTube aims to show more live sports in the second half of the year, said Gautam Anand, Google’s director of content partnerships for Asia Pacific, in an interview in Seoul yesterday. He declined to give details of the discussions with the NBA and NHL.

Adding live sports broadcasts may help YouTube expand revenue by keeping viewers on its site longer to woo more advertisers. YouTube’s contract to show cricket from the Indian Premier League, which gives the Google unit a share of ad revenue from games and the league’s website, brought in 55 million visits from more than 250 countries, Anand said.

“It’s fair to say that there will be a lot more appealing sports content you’ll see on YouTube,” Anand said. “We have ongoing conversations with pretty much everyone.”

It is possible (likely?) these streaming rights for the NBA would be only international, not in the United States and Canada. There are a wide range of rights issues doing it here, at least right now. Tben again, 15 seconds after anything interesting happens in an NBA game somebody has uploaded it to YouTube (and the NBA leaves it up), so is the leap to live streaming that huge? Currently NBA games can be watched online if you have purchased the League Pass subscription.

But if a deal with Google and YouTube comes to pass it would be a huge step for the NBA as it tries to build its international audience. The chance to watch a Minnesota vs. New Jersey Wednesday night game will certainly win over fans in India as they see what the NBA is really all about. Or maybe cricket is more interesting.


http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/22/youtube-in-talks-to-stream-live-nba-games


:speechless:

sickness

SteveNash
02-22-2011, 06:19 PM
Hopefully it's not as crappy as their Google video partnership.

*Superman*
02-22-2011, 06:19 PM
That would be pretty nice, but I don't see it being done anytime soon.

gbrl
02-22-2011, 06:21 PM
that would be cool

Create
02-22-2011, 06:27 PM
It wouldn't be free, obliviously. To watch it.

Mike515089
02-22-2011, 06:29 PM
Im assuming youtube is headed towards making people have to pay to use there site :(

JordansBulls
02-22-2011, 06:32 PM
No need for NBA League pass then.

Heater4life
02-22-2011, 06:34 PM
sweet!

Hunter48MVP
02-22-2011, 06:34 PM
if you have to pay i don't like it

AI4MVP
02-22-2011, 06:37 PM
The people saying that you would have to pay to go on YouTube are wrong. Whats in it for YouTube then? The millions and millions of dollars they will receive from advertisers due to the number of people and the amount of time they stay on there site.

Create
02-22-2011, 06:38 PM
Man we got atdhe for this.

And it's free.

SteveNash
02-22-2011, 06:40 PM
The people saying that you would have to pay to go on YouTube are wrong. Whats in it for YouTube then? The millions and millions of dollars they will receive from advertisers due to the number of people and the amount of time they stay on there site.

http://gigaom.com/video/google-pitching-pay-per-view-on-youtube-but-is-anyone-buying/

Remember when Youtube didn't have ads on videos?

JNA17
02-22-2011, 06:40 PM
It wouldn't be free, obliviously. To watch it.

Youtube makes money purely on ads, they would do the same thing here, no need for youtube to charge this at all.

dhopisthename
02-22-2011, 06:42 PM
No need for NBA League pass then.

that would be cool

JNA17
02-22-2011, 06:42 PM
besides even with more ads i got ad blocker plus, so i watch all youtube videos ad free *****es! :clap:

Supreme LA
02-22-2011, 06:44 PM
It will never happen. The NBA already offers league pass and they are making a killing off of it. Why would they allow licensing to YouTube so they could offer it for free?? It will never happen.

BRICKCITYPIMP12
02-22-2011, 06:45 PM
dude this would be great.

dnewguy
02-22-2011, 06:48 PM
It wont be free.

WizFan3
02-22-2011, 06:50 PM
awesome then i could watch melos epic fail in ny

MJ-BULLS
02-22-2011, 06:54 PM
this would be sweet! but will they charge a fee?

i doubt this is going to be free.

knightstemplar
02-22-2011, 08:01 PM
it better be free

Frrrrank!!!
02-22-2011, 09:01 PM
Do it.

nystandup
02-22-2011, 09:18 PM
its not for in the united states and canada it says.

J4KOP99
02-22-2011, 09:23 PM
Google must be offering a shitload of $$ because the NBA must already make a ton from NBA League Pass.

nystandup
02-22-2011, 09:27 PM
its not for in the united states and canada it says.

td0tsfinest
02-22-2011, 09:35 PM
Man we got atdhe for this.

And it's free.

Well I'd imagine Youtube would not only have it for free but will have it crystal-clear quality.

Only thing thats disappointing is reading that this deal would likely be only for international viewers. ie NOT in the US or Canada

beasted86
02-22-2011, 09:37 PM
Maybe not all games, but all TNT, ABC, and NBATV games should be streamed on Youtube for free.

It's kind of annoying that ESPN is the only one who streams their games for free on the internet.

blastmasta26
02-22-2011, 09:46 PM
Interesting to say the least.

iamsteel
02-22-2011, 09:48 PM
I hope this happens. I am just about to cancel my cable, and the only reason I don't want to is B-Ball. League Pass will work, but free on You Tube would be awesome. It seems like regular cable tv is a going to fade away since you can find everything on the web.