Could all NFL, MLB games be moved to cable?
Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) catches a touchdown pass as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) defends during the second quarter of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Photo: Image by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
It appears the NFL and Major League Baseball could potentially consider moving every one of their games to cable TV and off over-the-air networks, depending on the results of a lawsuit between the parent company of ESPN and Aereo which has reached the Supreme Court.
That company says it sells a service to let you watch live TV through a remote antenna which you control on the internet in a particular home coverage area.
A Sports Illustrated legal analyst says that the NFL and Major League Baseball are considering such a major move, but gives an explanation for why an NFL move to all-cable may not happen.
@jsorgi Networks say Aereo capturing signals & relaying them to customers is illegal. NFL/MLB say Aereo hurting value of game TV broadcasts.— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) January 10, 2014
Reason why NFL unlikely to carry out threat to put all games on cable TV: antitrust break from Sports Broadcasting Act only goes to free TV.— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) January 10, 2014