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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Rob Really

    Czabe: I’m shocked by your reaction to this. You, Mr. Technology, have turned into a Luddite on this technology advance?? Can’t hardly believe it. Some thoughts:
    A) That game (Bills-Jags) may not be as bad as you think. Remember, in the NFL, you can’t tell who is going to be bad next season by who was bad last season.
    B) It’s going to be broadcast on Sunday morning in the states. No competition with other games. Of course people will watch it.
    C) I get that your mom and dad are not going to stream this game on their iPad. Guess what – they’re not the target audience. Plenty of millenials, Gen X’ers, etc will watch on their Google machines however.
    D) Never underestimate the gamblers and fantasy football geeks. They’ll watch on their Bat-phones, if, in fact, Bat-phones existed (someone’s working on that, right??)
    I’m guessing that Yahoo and the NFL will end up pretty happy with the deal. I’ll bet you even sneak a peak yourself!

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    John Bragg

    Yahoo is about where AOL was at the end of the 1990s. They’re sitting on a huge pile of tech-driven stock valuation, but they know that their core business has been overtaken and will be obsolete soon. Their search engine is a dinosaur, the only part of their business worth a damn is YAhoo Sports, driven by fantasy football.

    So if they can get a piece of the watch-sports-on-the-web market, there’s some benefits there. (Can they get a slice, competing with ESPN3 and WatchESPN, MLBAM, and longer term with the watch-online sections of NFL.com, NBA.com, NHL.com? I doubt it)

    So they’re scrambling to turn their temporary cash and stock-value into permanent value, AOL convinced Time Warner to hand over half of their company for magic beans, but Yahoo hasn’t found a similar pigeon.

    Worse for them, their technology is poor. I’ve been watching, or trying to watch, Community on Yahoo Screen, and it’s terrible. Community is fine, but Yahoo Screen is terrible. The sound and video buffer and freeze at diferent rates, it’s not easy to pick the episode you want. And I’m not trying to watch Community at the same time that millions of others are watching.

    The money is trviail for Yahoo–this is a proof-of-concept for getting them into the live-sports-internet business.


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