NBA near deals allowing local in-market streaming of games for free

December 9, 2011; Westwego, LA, USA; A detailed view of the NBA logo and signature of the commissioner David Stern on a basketball on the first day of New Orleans Hornets training camp practice at the Alario Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

You’re not around a television at times but you want to watch your favorite team when you’re out and about? The NBA has good news for you as they are nearing deals with a handful of cable operators which will allow the streaming of in-market games on the internet for free. Yes, you read that correctly – for free.

Of course, for all of you who support your team from afar, you’re still screwed as you’ll have to pay for a service like NBA League Pass but for those close who constantly found themselves blacked out from watching their local team on the internet, it’s great news.

Per Sports Business Daily:

The NBA is poised to become the first major U.S.-based sports league to allow its games to be streamed live locally.

The league is finalizing TV Everywhere deals with Fox Sports Media Group and NBC Sports Group, the country’s two biggest owners of regional sports networks. Other RSNs, such as Root Sports, MSG, Time Warner Cable Sports, and Altitude Sports and Entertainment, are expected to offer live in-market streaming later this season.

The NBA had previously not allowed viewers, despite being in-market, to stream their games on the internet even though they’ve been paying for a service.

Currently, 24-teams have signed up and are under contract with a broadcasting network to participate.

Topics: League Pass, NBA

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