What is an NBAnopoly you ask? That's a good question, I couldn't have come up with a better one myself. Is it David Stern ruling the nba for decades with many questionable calls along the way including looking the other way as the Sonics were moved from Seattle to OKC? No, not in this post. Could it be David Hunter head of the NBPA laundering the association's money in the name of his children? Not today. Maybe its the teams that spend the most money end up with the most success? Not the case for my Lakers (and yes Fuck You OKC, but that's another story). No to all of the above.
NBAnopoly is what I see comcast and NBA league pass as being. You are thinking to yourself "wait a second, aren't they basically the same thing? how could they be a monopoly?". Well I always wondered that too, I always had cable and never NBA league pass so I never understood, until now!
For the past NBA season I got nba league pass for a little under 200 bucks, and I got comcast cable tv with digital hd and extra channels so I could get espn and tnt hd. I could watch all games with NBA league pass, but they were almost entirely in sdef! The hottest games usually where on tnt or espn hd during the week, so basically having NBA league pass in addition to comcast tv meant I could watch the less popular games, or games at all (all in sdef) while tnt or espn wasn't rocking the hot games in hd minus Charles Barkley and the TNT crew. This pissed me off during the season...
Then the playoffs came and I realized that nba league pass is worthless in the playoffs, you still need regular cable to watch a lot if not all of the games (in hd). NBA league pass is basically all the games of the regular season in standard blurry definition, cable is basically only some of the hottest games of the regular season a few times a week in hd. Can't one have both for the regular season? Oh but don't forget local games..
Local games for me, a team a state away are blacked out by NBA league pass for me, cause you know its 300 FUCKING MILES AWAY! Well espn and tnt never show their games cause they aren't one of the hot shit teams at the moment, but comcast will let me watch their games for 20$ extra a month!
So if I want the ability to watch the hot games in hd during the regular season, the rest in sdef on shity NBA league pass, plus the closest local team I need to pay 20$ a month for the local team, nearly 200$ once for the nba league pass and 10$ bucks a month for the hd tv box, plus and extra 10-20 for digital cable prefered plus 30-55 bucks for hd cable (depending on what bullshit offer you end up with from comcast from one given moment in time to the next). So I'm spending upwards of 5 to 8 bills over 6 months of the regular season just to watch all the games, and get some actual half decent quality on the games I want to watch. But what about the playoffs?
In the playoffs, nba league pass is mostly completely worthless, but you will need cable tv to see the games on espn and tnt hd (while to my knowledge they aren't even offered on nba league pass). So another 1.5 months roughly go by of you paying out the asshole and the NBA finals come about. The finals are on ABC for free, so now you cancel your cable as you are furious! Me, check, next. Next I write this fucking post about how its such fucking bullshit that an NBA fan has to buy NBA league pass and have cable tv to watch all the games, especially the playoffs. This is an NBAnopoly man.
I just passed go and got charged 200$, WTF!