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TURNER And CBS To Charge For March Madness Streaming

2011 National Champion Connecticut Huskies
2011 National Champion Connecticut Huskies ( By: AndyLyons Collection: Getty Images Sport )

Last year and the year before, it was great to be able to turn on your computer and stream any NCAA Tournament game you wanted to see.

Not any more.

The powers that be at TURNER Sports and CBS have decided to charge $3.99 for the privilege of seeing the game you want this year.

It is amazing to me that as soon as you get comfortable and used to something that “SHOULD” be free, BAM! you get gouged for yet another fee.

I can wrap my arms around being charged for the NFL Sunday Ticket, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, MLB Extra Innings, ESPN Game Plan and ESPN Full Court packages. I get that, they are full seasons.

What I don’t get is why we have to pay for what amounts to now, 12 days of coverage? Plus, they are not full days anymore by the way.

It would be different if the players were getting a share of this fee and even if the schools were,(I believe only TURNER, CBS and the NCAA are making money in this deal. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong) but I would venture a guess and say, NO they are not.

This is quite possibly the single greatest spectacle in all of American sports, people who don’t watch a game all year tune in to March Madness and fill out brackets for pools. (I am not encouraging wagering in any way) So to charge a fee to people that have jobs and can not get off work or to anyone for that matter, in my opinion, is criminal.

So pay the $3.99 if you want, I will never pay that fee or any other fee for the NCAA Tournament.

You can bet I WILL stream it, just not through TURNER and CBS. :)



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