Press Release: Blazers To Stream Games, With Restrictions

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
3 years ago

UPDATE: I’ve received some questions pertaining to the specifics of the streaming package the team is making available. In an effort to ensure you can make your buying decision using correct information, a few clarifications.

— The stream the team is providing through Neulion is specifically meant to benefit households that are not able to receive Comcast Sports Net programming. So for instance, if you live in a remote area that Comcast, Charter or some other cable provider cannot or will not run cable to, you are eligible to purchase the streaming package. Same goes for people who, for instance, live on houseboats.

It is true that, if you live in an area that you could get cable service – and thus receive Comcast Sports Net programming – but choose not to for whatever reason, the streaming package will not be available to you. The team is providing this service, very likely at a financial loss, explicitly for fans who cannot get Comcast Sports Net programming, not for those who are choosing not to utilize Comcast, Charter or some other cable company as their television service provider.

Take a look at the map at the bottom of the page. If you live in an areas that is NOT in red, you can likely purchase the stream. And if you do live in one of those area but Comcast won’t get cable to your home, there’s a possibility you will be able to purchase the stream.

Neulion uses IP verification to deem whether a household is in a location where the stream is available for purchase, as IP address is more exact in targeting a specific location than zip code verification. If you believe you are in a location where streaming should be available but are not able to access the stream, please contact Neulion customer support.

— For those asking “Why not just get League Pass instead?” the answer is that the NBA, not the Trail Blazers, blacks out cable games in EVERY market by a radius of at least 150 miles from the team’s city. So you could purchase League Pass, but Trail Blazers games broadcasted on Comcast Sports Net would still be blacked out with 150 miles of Portland. The NBA blackout also applies to over-the-air games (in this case, games shown on KGW) withing a 75 mile radius. That is a decision made on the league level. Unfortunately, it is not a decision the Trail Blazers have much, if any, sway over.

As an aside, NBA League pass has various pricing tiers. League Pass purchased through your cable or satellite provider costs $199.00 a season. League Pass Broadband, which would allow you to stream games to your computer or other Internet On TV device costs $139.99 (though again, if you live within 150 miles of Portland, Trail Blazers games would still be subject to blackout), which is significantly more than the $99 package the Trail Blazers are providing. League Pass Mobile, which allows you to stream games on your phone, but is also subject to the same blackout restrictions as the other services, costs $54.99 a season.

ORIGINAL POST

Coming on the heels of Ben Golliver’s report that the Trail Blazers offering streaming, the team put out a press release this morning detailing how the service will work and who will actually be able to access it.

The Portland Trail Blazers will again offer live streaming of games broadcasted on Comcast SportsNet within NBA-approved territory where the network is currently unavailable. Access to streaming will begin Friday, Nov. 8 as the team hosts the Sacramento Kings. The 58-game package is available for $99.99.

“As an organization, we want to ensure that Trail Blazers fans throughout the region have the ability to access our game broadcasts,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Trail Blazers and Moda Center. “One step toward accomplishing that is through live streaming in areas that have no other viewing option.”

Portland has a history of providing online access to game broadcasts. The Trail Blazers became the first NBA franchise to begin streaming its games, dating back to the 2009-2010 season. Since then, the team has provided a streaming option every season.

Fans that live in areas where CSN is not available can order the 58-game package by visiting trailblazerslive.neulion.com. The Trail Blazers partnered with NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) to provide the streaming platform.

The important thing to remember is this is only available for households that cannot get Comcast SportsNet Northwest (as in, the actual channel). If you’re a satellite costumer that COULD get Comcast SportsNet but chooses not to change your service provider, you CANNOT purchase this stream. As I read it, even people who do have Comcast SportsNet Northwest cannot purchase this stream.

Below is am approximate rendering of where CSN is available, meaning that if you live in any of the highlighted areas, you most likely WILL NOT be able to access the stream.

CSN Availability

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VIDEO: McCollum And Commissioner Silver Have Their Yearly Reunion

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
14 hours ago

The relationship between Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver predates both of their current occupations. When the two first sat down for a interview back in 2010, McCollum had not yet been drafted by the Trail Blazers with the 10th overall pick of the 2012 Draft (though that would happen later that night) and Silver, while already tabbed to take over for outgoing commissioner David Stern, was still pulling duty as deputy commissioner.

Every year since then, McCollum and Silver have met up in New York City after the end of the season to discuss topics pertaining to the NBA and society in general. In 2014, they discussed the situation with the previous Los Angeles Clippers ownership, the age limit, emerging technologies, Silver’s first year as the NBA’s head honcho and their favorite Jay-Z tracks. In 2015, McCollum, armed with a few seasons of experience and a new job at The Players’ Tribune, followed up on some of the questions from the year before regarding the age limit while also bringing up issues such as ads on jerseys, transparency in officiating and head injuries.

 

And in their fourth annual interview, released on The Players’ Tribune as a part of McCollum’s summer internship with the athlete-owned website, the two discuss how far they’ve come (or in CJ’s case, how much weight he’s lost) since their first meeting in 2012, Silver’s handshakes, whether the NBA would have their All-Star Weekend at “remote locations” like the NFL, whether the league is considering moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, the 2016 NBA Finals and the suspension of Draymond Green and recent efforts to increase diversity in NBA front offices. You can watch an excerpt of the interview in the above video, or read the entire Q&A over at The Players’ Tribune.

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Layman Looking Forward To ‘Making An Impact’ With The Trail Blazers

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
4 days ago

Maryland forward Jake Layman took questions from the Portland media via conference call for the first time Friday afternoon since being acquired by the Trail Blazers from the Orlando Magic after he was selected with the 47th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. The 6-9 wing, who averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in four seasons with the Terrapins, discussed being selected by the Trail Blazers, whether he knew the team was interested in him prior to the draft, what skills he has that are most applicable in the NBA, his defensively strengths and his plans to come to Portland in time for summer league workouts…

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What was your initial reaction after being drafted by the Trail Blazers and your impressions of the franchise?

Jake Layman: First off, I’m very excited. It was such a stressful night. I was nervous all night, I didn’t really know what to expect with what was going to happen the way the draft was going last night. To finally hear my name called was just a big sign of relief, I was very excited, especially to be picked up by the Blazers because I’ve watched them play a lot. I think that their style of play fits me very well.

Why did you watch them a lot over the season?

Jake Layman: I think it was really more playoff time when I saw them play.

Where the Blazers on your radar? Did they interview you in Chicago at the combine, have any interaction with the team leading up to the draft?

Jake Layman: I did an interview with them at the combine but they were still in the playoffs, so they didn’t have really anybody there who could interview. That was really it. I didn’t work out for them. But I did know that they were very interested going into the draft, but they had no picks, so I really didn’t think much of it. So when my agent called me to tell me they traded in for the pick, I was excited.

What did you think about Portland’s recent playoff run?

Jake Layman: It was very exciting. Watching them with how young they are, how much talent they have, to be battling out there against some of the best teams in the NBA. I know how excited the fanbase was to see that happen.

What are your most applicable NBA skills right now and how do you see yourself projecting as an NBA player from a position or skill perspective?

Jake Layman: I think for me, my shooting ability, it’s gotten better each year that I was in college. So I think for me, just carrying that into the NBA is going to be huge. And also for me, I think being able to guard multiple spots on the floor is what teams are looking for now. I think that’s something I can do.

Do you know Pat Connaughton at all since you’re from the same area? Did you play against him at all?

Jake Layman: I know him pretty well. We never really played against each other in high school or anything, but just being from the same area. We were part of the Boston Globe all-star team one year, so yeah, we definitely know each other.

Do you know when you’re going to come to Portland, when you might sign and whether you’ll play for the team at summer league?

Jake Layman: Talking to the GM yesterday, I think I’m going to fly out to Portland either July 3rd or 4th and then I’ll be there for the practices leading up to summer league, which starts pretty soon after that. Then I’ll play in summer league. I’m not really sure about signing contracts or anything right now, but for summer league I’ll definitely be there.

What was your conversation like with Neil Olshey?

Jake Layman: He just asked me how I felt. All the emotion going through your head when you get drafted, it was definitely nice to talk to him. Asked me how I’m feeling and if I’m ready to get going. I was very excited to hear from him, I talked to Coach Stotts also.

How would you describe yourself off the court? What’s your personality like? How do you approach the game? Approach life or leadership or being in a locker room.

Jake Layman: I think for me, I’m a little different off the court than I am on the court. I think when it comes to being on the court, I’m definitely pretty intense. I’m always going hard, going crazy on the court. Then off the court, I’m a pretty quiet guy, very laid back, definitely a great locker room guy. I get along with everybody. That’s how I would describe myself.

You said you feel like your defensive versatility is an asset. Could you break down your strengths defensively?

Jake Layman: I think my on-ball defense has definitely gotten better over the years. But I think playing off the ball on defense, being able to come over and help and then block shots from the weakside, it is something that I’m definitely good at.

Do you feel like joining a young team, but one that has already had some success in the playoffs, give you an opportunity that other guys in the draft might not get?

Jake Layman: I think it’s a great chance to be able to come in this next year and help, make an impact on the team, just go in and help whatever way I can, whether it’s scoring, defending or all of those. I think the makeup of this team definitely gives me a chance to go in and make an impact right away.

What’s your hometown of Wrentham like? What was it like growing up there?

Jake Layman: Growing up in Wrentham, I’m one of five boys in my family, so there’s always something to do, always someone to play with. I was big into sports when I was little. My dad played baseball in college, my mom played basketball in college so I was always involved in the youth leagues, whether it was baseball, football or basketball. I think for me, my childhood was definitely run by sports when I was little growing up.

Can you see someone in the NBA who reminds you of yourself or someone who has the same skillset?

Jake Layman: Someone I’m trying to model my game after — I’m not saying I’m him right now, but it’s someone who I definitely think my game over time could be just like his — is Gordon Hayward, plays for the Utah Jazz.

Can you describe waiting to hear your name called last night?

Jake Layman: From the start of the night, you’re going in with the thought of what you’ve been hearing from teams and what your agent’s been telling you. Once the draft starts going, especially last night, it was definitely not what I expected. I was surrounded by a bunch of family and friends, so they were keeping me calm the whole time. I was just hanging in there, staying strong and to finally hear my name called, it was definitely a sigh of relief.

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Trail Blazers Acquire Layman From Orlando

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
5 days ago

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Trail Blazers have acquired the No. 47 pick of the 2016 Draft from the Orlando Magic, which they will use to select 6-9 forward Jake Layman out of Maryland…




Layman played four seasons at Maryland, averaging 11.6 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from three, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 36 games his senior season with the Terrapins. At 6-9 and with a relatively accurate three-point shot, Layman likely enters the NBA as a stretch four, which should come in handy in Terry Stotts’ offense.

The Trail Blazers entered Thursday’s draft with no picks, though it always seemed likely they’d purchase a second round pick, as Paul Allen has shown throughout his tenure as owner that he’s willing to spend in order to bring in draft talent. The $1.2 million the Trail Blazers reportedly sent to Orlando, along with a future second round pick, for the 47th pick is significantly less than what some other teams reportedly spent to get picks later in the second round.

Assuming Layman and the Trail Blazers can come to contract terms — second round picks can negotiate their contracts, while salaries for first round picks are dictated by where they’re taken — it seems likely that he would play for the Trail Blazers at the Las Vegas Summer League, which starts in mid-July.

UPDATE: It’s official. From the team’s press release…

“Jake is a high character young man with a skill set we value on both ends of the floor,” said Olshey. “His ability to defend multiple positions and shoot the ball from range will be positive additions to our roster.”

Orlando selected Layman with the 47th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. A four-year player out of the University of Maryland, Layman (6-9, 220) posted career averages of 10.2 points (44.5% FG, 36.2% 3PT, 75.9% FT), 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists for the Terrapins.

An Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection his senior year, Layman led Maryland to 114 wins over his four seasons and is one of just 12 players in school history to record 1,400 points (1,436) and 600 rebounds (674). Layman, 22, guided Maryland to its first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2003 last season, and ranks 18th in school history in points (1,436) and 18th in rebounds (674).

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