I remember lining up all day in Tampa to see the Phantom Menace on opening day. The conditions at the theater were terrible: Broken AC, blurry lens, and a terrible crowd. I ended up leaving the theater feeling a bit drained, like someone had siphoned the “force” right out of me. The movie wasn’t what I was expecting, but there was one thing I loved about the phantom menace and that was Liam Neeson’s portrayal of Qui-Gon Jin.
The news out of the websphere is a new deal that DirecTV, the NFL and Sony have struck. One that will allow PS3 owners to get the NFL sunday ticket direct to their PS3. It sounds great, you don’t even need to have a DirecTV subscription. Of course if you do it’s $50 to add the service to your PS3 (why there’s an up charge, I’ll never know). If you don’t have said service though you can STILL get the NFL direct to your PS3. I can hear you now, this must be heaven! The NFL, much like our oft talked about friends at HBO, are notoriously slow to move to digital. Most likely due to existing contracts and layers of fine print, but regardless we should all be happy about this right?
Here’s the deal breaker. It is $340. You didn’t read that wrong. $340 for a season pass to the NFL, which is a considerable amount. It also weirdly is $5 more than if you have it through DirecTV, which is nominal but still odd. Let me break something else down to you, this only guarantees Sunday games and is still subject to local blackouts. That’s right. You will pay $340, still get feasibly blacked out, not get Monday Night games, only a handful of pre-season and to be entirely honest, I don’t know that it includes post season either. At a price this hefty (it breaks down to about $65/month) I can’t honestly recommend it. I had NFL Sunday Ticket one year and barely watched more then I would have anyway. It is also odd that they paired themselves with Playstation even though XBox already seems to hold the fort when it comes to sports (ESPN).
So enough with the whining what should have happened? If you ask me, there should be tiered pricing, offer team packages or division passes. Why force someone to pay a massive price tag when the reality of how much they’ll watch won’t match the cost. You could go to 4 games comfortably for the price of a season of watching. Then again if you are into the RPG’s of sports (fantasy), then maybe this package is a must have. Scott and I are no small fans of football and I can’t imagine his stance is much different from mine. I want access to content through new means of course, but at this cost, seems like a miss to me.