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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Podcast: The Rip City Report, Finalized Roster Edition

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
4 hours ago

Greetings podcast enthusiasts. Between CJ McCollum getting an extension and Moe Harkless signing a new deal, Portland’s roster for the start of the 2016-17 regular season is all but finalized. So it seemed like a good time to hit the studio with Joe Freeman of The Oregonian/OregonLive.com to record yet another edition of the Rip City Report podcast, which you can listen to below…

On this edition, we discuss the near-max extension for McCollum and the four-year, roughly $40 million contract for Harkless, which directions Terry Stotts might go in terms of starting lineups and minutes allocations, the news that both Al-Farouq Aminu and Festus Ezeli will forego playing for Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics, give a quick rundown of the preseason schedule and answer your Twitter-submitted questions.

You can find the Rip City Report on SoundcloudiTunes and Stitcher. Thanks as always for listening.

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VIDEO: McCollum Brothers Talk Tournament, Who’s Mom’s Favorite on ESPN

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
8 hours ago

Last weekend, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and his older brother, Errick, were guests on ESPN’s SportsCenter to discuss, amongst other things, The Basketball Tournament, which is billed as a “open application, 5-on-5, single-elimination, winner-take-all basketball tournament” in which the winning team takes home $2 million in prize money. Errick’s team, Overseas Elite, won the tournament last year and are in the finals, which airs Tuesday at 4 PM Pacific on ESPN, again this year.

But the tournament wasn’t the only topic of conversation, as any time you get two brothers together, you’re contractually obligated to ask them which is mom’s favorite. One one had, CJ still lives with his mom, so you might assume he’s the got the No. 1 son ranking sewn up, but it sounds like Errick was the much better behaved child and mom’s tend to have long memories, so it sounds like it’s a bit of a tossup.

 

“CJ, he was a good kid,” said Errick, “he just liked to get into things. He was really physical. She couldn’t take him around any other kids or he would, like, get into little altercations with them because he just played too rough.”

Sounds about right.

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Stotts Talks Super Teams And Suits On The Doug Gottlieb Show

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
3 days ago

On Thursday, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was a guest on The Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS Sports Radio. Over the 15 minute conversation, Stotts discusses LeBron James saying he would have been his pick for 2016 NBA Coach of the Year, Kevin Durant signing as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors, the notion of “super teams” in the NBA, having confidence in your players and his participation in the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive.

You can listen to the entire interview here, though I’m transcribed a portion which you can read below…

On LeBron James saying Stotts should have been Coach of the Year:
“To be honest, it felt pretty good. I have a lot of respect obviously for LeBron, what he does and what he’s done in his career, but for him to come out and say that, it made me feel good.”

On Cleveland winning the NBA Finals after being down 3-1 to Golden State:
“Obviously it was historical. A lot of things went into it, but when a team can do that and to win two games on the road being down 3-1, it’s really remarkable. It just put an end to a historical season as it was with Golden State and what they did during the regular season, the way they came back against Oklahoma City and then for Cleveland to do that, it was just remarkable. I thought it was a remarkable season to begin with and it finished that way.”

On Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors:
“My first reaction was he earned the right to be a free agent. I know a lot of thought went into it and it wasn’t a decision that he took lightly. I know he took a lot of criticism for making that decision but I think he earned that right to make whatever decision he felt was best for him. I think it’s going to be interesting with Golden State. Obviously defending them is going to be a challenge because — we talked about versatility — they were already an extremely talented offensive team and he’s going to make them better. They’re going to be a different team than they were last year, they’re not going to have the big guys. When you lose Festus Ezeli, who is on our team now, and Andre Bogut and Maurice Speights, the look of their frontline is going to be different. But I think they could be just as good just because of what they’ll be able to do at the offensive end.”

His thoughts on “super teams” in the NBA:
“You know, I don’t know if it’s good or bad for the league. I’ve just kind of accepted that that’s the way things are. I know people have made comparisons when LeBron went to Miami and that was supposedly the first super team and they won two championships, but it’s not like there was a five year, seven year run dynasty. When you get out on the court, you still have to play the games. Obviously Golden State is going to be very good, but you’ve got to play an 82-game season, you’ve got to go through four series to win a championship. I think the league does thrive on star power, whether it’s star power within a team or having a team be a star. I don’t know, I think the league is doing extremely well, I think it’s extremely popular. I think this is just another story that people are going to be interested in.”

On having confidence in shooters like Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum:
“I’m a big believer in confidence when shooting. It probably goes back to my freshman year in college when I didn’t know whether to shoot or (laughs) you know the phrase. But anyway, I’m a big believer in confidence and Allen and CJ are two different categories. CJ struggled with injuries his first two years and was trying to get incorporated into a roster that was winning 50 games and never really got into a rhythm. I think shooting is about rhythm and confidence. Same thing for AC, really, is that he did have opportunities to play in his first two years but he was playing behind Wes Matthews and Nic Batum and his opportunities on the court were limited. When you’re looking over your shoulder and trying not to make mistakes and putting pressure on (yourself) to make a shot, it’s difficult. I really give it to CJ and Allen, they were ready for this year and they were prepared for it, the opportunity was going to be there. But I think that a lot of players — and you know, you played — is that if the coach trusts me, I’m going to play better. Whether I trusted them or not their first two years, certainly their opportunity was there and I trusted them with the role that they were going to have.”

On his participation in the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive:
“Every year what I do is I go through the closet and knowing that I’m going to get some suits in the fall, I go through and weed out the older ones. There’s certain ones that I do kind of have a special place in my heart for them, but other than that, I just take some of the older suits and the Men’s Wearhouse has a great program with the suit drive to give away suits to people who can use them. I’m kind of a bigger guy so hopefully there’s some big guys out there who are able to take advantage of them.”

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