The NFL is always searching for new ways to allow you to watch football from wherever you are. This year, they’ve expanded their territory into the Twitter-sphere, giving Twitter the rights to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games for the season.
Yes, they are actually streaming the games, not live-tweeting Thank God! No one wants to read how a game unfolds; they want to watch it. Now you don’t have to worry about missing your team on Thursday because you can’t find a TV. As long as you have Twitter, you have football.
Last year, the NFL allowed Yahoo the same liberties with streaming football. But really? The only person I know that uses Yahoo is my grandpa. Twitter is much more relevant in today’s age, so this experiment is more exciting in how it unravels.
The experience of streaming the games should be as close as possible to watching TNF on a television. From highlights to live commentary, Twitter now has access to crucial game information. Hopefully the quality of the stream is the main focus. Nobody wants to watch a game of pixelated blobs running into each other.
Roger Goodell equates the need for the Twitter expansion from how Twitter reacts to live game events. Instead of keeping the two worlds separate, Twitter can now view the games and provide reaction all through one medium. That’s what Twitter is: a way to immediately react to events. So if you thought you could escape football through social media, think again.
Now that’s some critical thinking skills by Goodell. Maybe now he can think of some ways to not be the most hated man in the NFL.