DAZN a dis­as­ter dur­ing NFL opener ... Kaberle a rookie camp suc­cess story ... Stro­man up for sports­man­ship award ... Does any­body know that U Sports football has started? ... Mon­treal ig­nored by MLB, again

Sunday Sports - - SIMMONS SAYS -

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?

AP

Many DAZN sub­scribers were left hang­ing, like Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (top), dur­ing Thurs­day’s sea­son opener.

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