Periscope gave many fight fans a free look at the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout

Periscope gave many fight fans a free look at the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout
Twitter's Periscope, currently available for iOS devices only (an Android version will be built) allows users to stream live broadcasts to other Periscope users, or to Twitter users as well. The stream can be opened to the public, or made available only to certain people. The app might have found a large number of new fans this past weekend as it was used by many to view a free low-quality stream of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight that took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Those who weren't comped tickets to the bout, or couldn't afford the steep price (not to mention the cost of flying to the event) had the option of paying as much as $100 for the pay-per-view broadcast. But casual fight fans who didn't want to shell out any money to see what was going on, were able to watch one of the 66 Periscope streams of the fight that were available at no charge outside of the cost of the data that was used. Those sending out the streams simply held up their iPhone to the PPV broadcast from their home or bar, and all of a sudden they were in the sports broadcasting business.

Broadcasters who paid a heavy sum to show the fight (HBO and Showtime held joint rights to the bout), were able to take action against 30 of the Periscope streamers. The other 36 ended their stream before they could get caught. Among that that viewed the fight using Periscope was T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

Broadcast and cable networks spend huge amounts of money to obtain broadcast rights for sporting events. To show how much of a problem Periscope and a similar app named Meerkat could be, the NHL last month warned credentialed media that using either app to live stream action from inside NHL arenas was against the league's guidelines. Even streaming a meaningless practice or skating drill would be against the broadcast regulations imposed by the league.

Thankfully for team owners and players, both of whom rely on money coming in from networks for broadcast rights, the images from Periscope and Meerkat are not exactly high quality. That eventually could change. But while they have the chance now, the leagues, owners, players and television networks need to come up with a plan before every sporting event ends up streamed for free.


source: NYTimes

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41 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Cool App. If this really takes off i can see alot of good viewing here.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Crappy Fight.

6. gaming64 unregistered

Agreed

7. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Apparently you can earn points in boxing for every 10m you ran.

15. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

It is called boxing intelligently and outscoring your opponent. You must not watch that moron Mayweather box very often. Outside of the ring he has an IQ of 65, but when he steps into the ring it jumps to 180 and he controls the pace of the fight and dictates how the action moves. That being said, it was a boring and pathetic fight.

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Mayweather is really smart when it comes to boxing He perfectly waited 5+ years for Pac to fall out of his prime for this Also helps that Pac had an injured shoulder And if you want to know why the fight wasn't delayed, its because he would of needed 9+ months of recovery after surgery Pac won 3-5 rounds with an injured shoulder IMO would have won if he didn't have that injury And a fit Pac 5 years ago would have won very comfortably

28. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I believe it is not about intelligence, it's just his style, he is just abusing what is not illegal in the game. I don't see Ali running around like that. As many people said, it is like camping in a FPS game, technically not illegal, but very frowned upon.

35. deejay52420

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Ali laid on the rope and let his opponents beat him senseless until they were tired then proceeded to beat them back mayweathers style is way more efficient (healthwise anyway)..he's milking the sport for everything he can get and I don't blame him..

38. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Please watch Ali tapes again and tell me he's not running around like that. One big difference between Ali and Mayweather is that Ali have a strong punch to partner with his skill (which makes him an overall better boxer IMO).

8. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That fight is only for making money for their retirements. Lesson learned: Will not watch any fighter older than 35 years old. They lose the "fighting mode" younger fighters have.

3. waddup121 unregistered

...the fight tho come on now.

4. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Anyone know good soccer streaming apps?

5. gaming64 unregistered

Boring fight because of GAYWEATHER. #F$CKOFFTHECENTURY

22. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Will you drop the stupid gay thing? You must be one of those sour graping Filipinos who can't accept Manny lost. If you like brawling and full contact sport go watch MMA.

29. gaming64 unregistered

I am Filipino and you're wrong. We can move on but it'll take a long time time to recover from a b&$ch fight

33. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Not only filipinos support Manny. Try harder.

9. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Floyd was scared Going toe to toe with manny so he ran pretty much the all match

10. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

while it wasnt entertaining, Floyd out-boxed Manny pretty handily.

11. gaming64 unregistered

Yes by running and hugging so he can earn points while Manny went for the K.O. You shoud compare Manny's opponents to Gayweather's opponents after fights :P

12. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I don't like mayweather but he out boxed manny.

37. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Typical ignorant casual-fan-turned-boxing-analyst comments. "Running", "hugging", tell me, how many boxing matches have you watched? I bet you just watch main stream fights. Like many haters, you obviously know NOTHING about real boxing. I'm a long time PacMan fan and I love how his old bouts ended with knock outs because of his fighting style.. I hate Mayweather outside of the ring, BUT I would not deny that he is a superior boxing genius. Look at it objectively man.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Floyd is lsn't a toe to toe fighter, he's not a brawler, he's a strategist. Which is why he out boxed Manny.

27. gaming64 unregistered

You should refer to comment 11. BTW, watched Age of Ultron and it wasnt as epic as the first one.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, he didn't run at all.

31. gaming64 unregistered

So he sprinted?

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No way bro, he befuddled Manny. Kept him off balance and off his game plan. An outright easy win for Money.

34. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Easy win, just like camping in FPS games. Legal, but frowned upon.

36. deejay52420

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Can't be said any better..

13. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Floyd out-boxed Manny. Floyd played better defense and landed 34% of his punches while Manny only landed 19%. Say what you want about Mayweather, but he handled his business in the ring and took home another win.

16. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

agreed. It was far from an amazing fight but I could see with my own eyes who was the better fighter.

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