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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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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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