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The National Football League is not at all impressed with the debut of its digital carrier DAZN — and plans to do something about it.
DAZN, pronounced Da-Zone, tripped all over itself with its regular-season debut in Canada on Thursday night. Considering the response across the country, it was more Di-Saster than anything else, in replacing the formerly dependable Sunday Ticket. “Canada is the most important international market
Michael we have,” said Markovich,
vice president of International Media and Business Development.
“We’re aware of the concerns about DAZN. We’re in close contact with them. We take the fan experience incredibly seriously and we expect the same from our partners.”
Among the problems so far on the streaming service, DAZN: The audio and video quality is not up to regular broadcaster standards; the DAZN game runs in time delay, so if you’re reading Twitter while watching the game, you are hearing about things before they happen on your screen; the service is not accessible on most current smart televisions and there is a lag time switching from game to game, which was determined in the preseason and will be noticed far more when regularseason games get underway during Week 1 on Sunday.
“Look, everything we do is about fans and our broadcasts are critically important to us.” Markovich said, adding that DAZN could better explain its problems.
Then it didn’t. Instead of agreeing to an interview, DAZN hid behind a statement claiming the issues “were isolated incidents compounded by a human error.” After that, it changed its mind.
Said the NFL’s Markovich: “All I can tell you is we’re aware of the problems and we take this extremely seriously.”
For the record, there were few if any complaints with Sunday Ticket, which was available on cable, showing all NFL games. The NFL chose to be more modern in its multi-platform approach. The question is: Did it choose the right company to deliver its games to the growing non-cable world?
THIS AND THAT
Lou This is how you know Lamoriello has softened, an NHL voice chimes in. Lindsay Hofford,
the golf cart driver in difficulty, was at the first day of the rookie tournament, still working for the Maple Leafs. “Not sure that would have happened back in the day.” ... The most important thing to ever happen at a Leafs rookie camp, the discovery that this late-round pick, little-known,
Tomas Kaberle, 20-year-old
Pat Quinn could play. kept waiting for Kaberle to fail. He didn’t. He played the next 12 seasons for the Leafs ... Is there an Eastern Conference team deeper down the middle than the Leafs are
Auston Matthews, with Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak
Dominic Moore? and The Penguins are extraordinary
Sidney Crosby with and Evgeni Malkin,
but after that, Nick Bonino with gone, not much. Tampa Bay is deep
Steven as well as well with Stamkos, Tyler Johnson
Brayden Point and as its top three ... Fascinated to see
Kasperi what kind of camp Kapanen
has. The better he plays, the more it opens up a trade possibility of some kind with a veteran forward ... It’s impossible for the Nashville Predators to replace emerging defenceman and
Ryan Ellis, leader who’s out
So Paul Maurice did get a contract extension in Winnipeg and we still wonder, why?
Many DAZN subscribers were left hanging, like Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (top), during Thursday’s season opener.