When the ’85 Bears took the field against the Pats in Super Bowl XX my brother set the VCR to record the game. After a 46-10 Chicago win, we turned to the replay booth. Son of a….4 hours of local community channel (hey, at least the clock wasn’t blinking 12:00). Well, that was 80s technology. Gore was still working on the Internet, satellites were as big as houses, and NFL Sunday Ticket was still a bar patron’s nocturnal emission. Basically, if you wanted to watch a game you had to pray for network coverage sans a blackout.
In the 25 years since, the tech world (with the exception of the Republic of the NFL) has flourished. “What do you mean, except the NFL?” For starters, the NFL has yet to make it easy (keyword) for fans to watch their favorite teams play on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. Instead, fans must improvise solutions that are in no way condoned by the you know who.