1. Get off my lawn. O.K., Boomer. You're old. You just like to complain. Blah, blah, blah.
Save all of those unoriginal and uncreative responses, because no matter what you say, the NFL's decision to give Amazon an exclusive late-season Saturday game absolutely stinks on every level.
Sports Business Journal's John Ourand reported today that Amazon has renewed its streaming deal for Thursday Night Football through 2022. However, there was a twist. Amazon is also getting exclusive rights to air one Saturday regular-season game.
The game will be shown on regular television in the local markets of the two teams playing, but everyone else in the country who likes to watch TV the old fashioned way, and not via streaming, is screwed. Amazon.com will be your only choice.
I know many of you reading this right now are saying to yourselves, "What's the big deal? Just watch it on your laptop or Apple TV or Amazon FireStick or run a USB cord, etc., etc." It doesn't work that way. Just because those are easy options for YOU, it doesn't mean those are easy options for everyone. If you don't think this shuts out a decent number of people from watching the game, you have to get out of your bubble.
And we're not talking about an October Jaguars-Titans Thursday night game. The Saturday game Amazon has exclusive rights to air will come in the second half of the season, so chances are, it will have playoff implications. And if you don't stream, you can't watch it.
I understand that we're becoming a streaming world. But there are still millions of people who don't stream. To rob them of watching a late-season NFL game because Amazon is paying the league god knows what is nothing but a slap in the face to fans.
In other words, typical NFL and Roger Goodell.
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