Today NBC Regional Sports Networks and the NBC became a lot more cord-cutting friendly with the launch of NBC Sports Gold’s Blazers Pass.
With NBC’s Portland Trail Blazers game pass, you will get access to every Portland Trail Blazers game for just $34.99. (If you buy the season pass before December 1, 2017, you will get a 10% discount.)
“When we set out to renew our rights last year, distribution was a top priority,” said David Preschlack, president, NBC Sports Regional Networks and Platform and Content Strategy. “In today’s media environment, fans have the ability to follow their favorite teams in a variety of ways. We’re pleased to offer Rip City this new DTC product, so that fans can follow Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, and the team during key games. In addition, we’re pleased to offer NBC Sports Northwest customers access to more games than ever before.”
Many are pointing to this as a test that other NBA owners will be watching closely to see how successful it is. Hopefully, other owners see this as a success and follow in the Trailblazers’ footsteps. The catch though is you still need a service like Hulu, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, or Sling TV to access games aired nationally on ESPN, TNT, etc.
“NBC Sports Regional Networks has worked hard to make our games accessible to our passionate fan base,” said Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Trail Blazers. “This DTC offering is another example of our two organizations working together to provide a way for all fans in the region to watch across any platform. We continue to make access to our games a top priority.”
This may not be the perfect fix for cord cutting but it is a step in the right direction.
Source: MultiChannel News
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