How-To Geek: How to Stream U.S. Sports for Free Online. “The wide world of sports has been mostly postponed for 2020 thanks to the coronavirus. As we all try to flatten the curve with social distancing, some of the most popular U.S. sports leagues are streaming both new and old games for free.” Very extensive, handy for those of you who are missing your sports.
24/7 Sports: Digital football archive a labor of love for Washington SID. “For those of us who are considered ‘non-essential’ workers but don’t work from home and have been ordered to shelter in place, this can be a time to catch up on all sorts of things. Clean the house, organize your papers, catch up on correspondence, cross books off your ‘must-read’ list. For Washington Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Jeff Bechthold (or Sports Information Director (SID), for short), he doesn’t mind sprinkling in a little bit of work during his forced hiatus. That’s because he’s taken on the task of updating and digitizing Washington’s vast football archive.”
NBC Sports: How you can watch every Eagles game of last decade for free. “Through May 31, NFL Game Pass will be free for all fans. If you’re not familiar with NFL Game Pass, it’s basically the NFL’s online library of every NFL game. It includes all games from 2009-19 and multiple versions. Those versions include the full broadcast, condensed games and even All-22 access if you want to break down some film.”
New York Post: Social media accounts of NFL, several teams hacked by OurMine. “Social media accounts belonging to the NFL and several of its teams, including the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, were hacked on Monday.”
The Ringer: ‘NCAA Football’ Is Still Alive, Because One Online Community Won’t Let the Game Die. “EA Sports stopped issuing new versions of its beloved college football title in 2013. But you can still play the video game with updated rosters—thanks to the tireless efforts of an unlikely group of caretakers.”
TechCrunch: The NFL joins TikTok in multi-year partnership. “The NFL and social video app TikTok today announced a multi-year partnership to bring NFL content to worldwide fans, just ahead of the NFL’s 100th season kick off on September 5. The partnership includes the launch of an official NFL account on the video platform, as well as a series of NFL-themed hashtag challenges, and other marketing opportunities for brands around the NFL content.”
Engadget: Alexa adds in-depth NFL stats ahead of the new season. “Alexa’s football knowledge is now decidedly more profound. Amazon has added a slew of info to its voice assistant’s repertoire that includes ‘comprehensive, in-depth’ stats for NFL teams and their players. If you want to know your favorite player’s rushing yards or how many penalty yards the team has racked up, it’s just a quick question away.”
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has announced a full archive for subscribers. (This link is to a Facebook post.) “Every summer for the last 59 years football fans in Texas eagerly anticipate their copy of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Until now, only the most savvy magazine collectors managed to hold on to their vintage copies. Early editions have sold for as much as $1,000. Now, thanks to a unique partnership with the nonPareil Institute of Plano, Texans will be able to find their names and their favorite team previews from 1960 to present day.” Subscriptions are $19.95 a year, I think.
CNET: Super Bowl 2019: How to watch online, start time and much more. “The matchup won’t be known until after the conference championship games are played, but if you are already making Super Bowl plans, then here’s what you need to know on how to watch football’s biggest game.”
New-to-me, but apparently online for a long time: a database of uniforms from American football teams. That’s American football, as opposed to football almost everywhere else. From the About Page: “This website presents graphical representations of every uniform that has been worn in the NFL since 1920. This project is the culmination of a lot of hard work by two men to chronicle the numerous combinations of uniforms that have been worn by players in the league in thousands of games over the past eighty years. Tim Brulia and Bill Schaefer have painstakingly worked on this research over the past few years.”
Engadget: Adidas will livestream high school football games on Twitter. “Adidas has partnered with Twitter on a new series that will livestream high school football games happening all over the country on the social network. Titled, naturally, Friday Night Stripes, the show will broadcast friday night games throughout the sport’s regular season from September 7th until November 9th.”
Advertising Age: Amazon, YouTube, Twitter Are Said To Eye Bids For NFL Rights. “Amazon, YouTube and Twitter are all weighing bids for streaming rights to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ according to people with knowledge of the matter, providing the latest evidence of technology companies’ growing interest in live sports.” NFL Football is not the first sport I’d think about dropping big dollars on….
Digital Trends: Catch every touchdown, ad, and trailer: How to watch the 2018 Super Bowl. “To make sure you can tune in on game day, we’ve put together this guide featuring the best ways to watch online or otherwise, regardless of which device, service, or platform you’re using.”
CNBC: Facebook and YouTube are full of pirated video streams of live NFL games. “Pirated video streams of televised National Football League games are widespread on Facebook and on Google’s YouTube service, CNBC has found. Using technology from these internet giants, thousands of football fans were able to watch long segments of many contests free of charge during the league’s Week 13 schedule of games last Thursday and Sunday.”
USA Today: Personal info on nearly 1,200 NFL players and agents exposed in NFLPA database leak. “Colin Kaepernick was among 1,133 players and agents whose personal information was exposed due to a misconfigured online database operated by the NFL Players Association, according to an internet security company.”