By Matt Birchler
Topic: sports
Posts: 3
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Streaming Sports is So Ripe for Disruption That it Hurts

I am a Green Bay Packers fan, but I live in Illinois, so there’s no way for me to watch all of their games on TV throughout the year. Fair enough, but then how do I watch all their games?

Well, the best option as far as I can tell is to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket, which lets you watch most out-of-market games throughout the regular season. Sunday Ticket costs around $300 for the year, but make sure you pony up for the $400 one or you will only be able to watch on your phone 🤦🏻‍♂️

Now I mentioned that I get most games in Sunday Ticket, and I ran into that blocker this weekend when the Packers game was on Fox, but Xfinity was borked, so I could get seemingly every other channel, but Fox was basically static and a message from Xfinity to the effect of, “we can’t seem to carry this channel now, sorry.”

So I went to the Sunday Ticket app, but it also won’t let me watch it because it’s playing in my local market, so I get a big old “BLACKED OUT” banner over that game.

Then I hear a rumor that there is a Fox Sports app for the Apple TV I can get, sign in via my cable provider, and watch the in-market game from there…sometimes…maybe this week, and maybe the game you actually want to see.

The Fox Sports app did have the game I wanted to watch, and it was a good experience from there, but this really is crazy.

  1. Pay a cable provider to watch some games (or antenna if that works in your area)
  2. Pay NFL Sunday Ticket’s extreme price tag to get most, but not all games
  3. Gamble that some games will stream on the network’s sports app sometimes

This is all just really complicated and inconsistent, and reliant on luck in some cases. I know there are interest groups who don’t want this to change, but it’s crazy to me that I still can’t just pay $X per year and watch every game from any specific team I want. Seriously, if next season there was a deal where I could pay $200 and get to stream all 16 Packers games in the same place every week and with no blackout restrictions, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

No Athlete Has Dominated Their Sport Like Tiger Woods


That’s the number if weeks that Tiger Woods has been ranked the #1 golfer in the world over the course of his career. He achieved his first #1 ranking on June 15, 1997, and he most recently held the title on May 11, 2014.


Over that 882 week span, Tiger was the best golfer in the world 77% of the time. He won the yearly top ranked player award 12 times. If you eliminate his injury-plagued 2011 season, his average rank was 1.25. And if you look at his sheer performance compared to his peers, Tiger Woods holds 8 of the 9 best seasons in PGA tour history.

And Tiger wasn’t just barely the #1 ranked golfer all this time, he was dominant. For fun, here’s a chart of the top 10 ranked golfers from the year 2000[1].

The biggest stat in golf is how many Major championships a player has won. Tiger Woods (14) is second all-time, behind only Jack Nicklaus (18). Despite being a runner up in this category (and the odds of him winning many more is quite unlikely), this stat is made more impressive when you consider that Jack Nicklaus took 25 years to win his majors. Tiger took 11 to almost match that total. If Tiger had been able to keep up that pace, he would have won 30+ majors in the same time span as Nicklaus.

To put those Major numbers in perspective, the next winningest golfer who has won a Major in the past 20 years is Nick Faldo: he’s won 6.

Finally, Tiger Woods has won 79 PGA tournaments over his career. He’s second only to Sam Sneed, who won 82. Again, Tiger reached this number much faster, as he won basically as many events in 18 years has Sneed did in 30.

Again, the next winningest golfer who has won a tournament in the past 20 years is Phil Mickelson, who has 42. It’s not even close!

I write this messy article after just seeing that Tiger Woods is currently ranked #111 in the world. So far in 2015 he has missed the cut in the Phoenix Open and withdrawn from the Farmers Insurance Open. Tiger is currently halfway through the Masters and is ranked 13th so far. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth is making headlines for breaking the 38 hole scoring record which has stood for 39 years and Dustin Johnson set a tournament record for most eagles in a single round. Not to mention Rory McIlroy who is on a 39 week streak as the new #1 golfer in the world. A new guard has come in, and Tiger, still just 39 years old, will continue to play for many years, but his fire is out.

For a solid decade, Tiger Woods was the most dominant athlete in the world and completely transformed his sport. For my moeny, there has never been an athlete who dominated their peers as hard as Tiger Woods.

  1. For reference, the typical gap between #1 and #2 in this ranking is 1–3 points. The only year that came remotely close was 1992 where Nick Faldo mustered a 7 point lead.  ↩
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