The Clippers, according to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, are still in discussions with Fox Sports, hoping to make a new deal pertaining to their broadcasting needs. Bolch also reports that a potential one-year deal could be for about $50 million; about twice as much as last year's deal.
But the Clippers do not simply have television in mind:
The team is mulling not only who will be its broadcast partner but also a variety of technological enhancements that could revolutionize the NBA viewing experience.
The Clippers are considering a so-called second-screen experience that would involve streaming analytical data on a feed separate from the television broadcast of the game.
If you are a fan that would check out this blog and take part in the Clips Nation community, you are also likely someone that would be interested in this second-screen experience. As more-than-casual fans, we are always hungry for more access and information. But not everyone is of this mind; rather, as Bolch points out by way of a quote from a communications professional, some people just want to watch the game -- and that is it. So, in order to get a better idea of people's preferences, the Clippers are surveying the fan base:
Clippers are sending surveys to fans to assess interest in streaming games through a digital video service, according to a source.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) June 15, 2016
This is the kind of stuff that we expected when Steve Ballmer took over the Clippers franchise. Hopefully we can lead the league into a new age of technology and access!