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. 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