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Will streaming save sports or kill it? | Commentary

Sports and TV have thrived together. Our entertainment future will be shaped by whether streaming and sports can repeat that mostly happy partnership.

My New York Times colleagues reported recently that Amazon, Apple and Google’s YouTube may be willing to pay billions of dollars for leagues like the National Football League and the National Basketball Association to move their games from TV to tech streaming services.

For decades, TV companies — including CBS and ESPN in the United States and Sky in Britain — have paid sports leagues a bunch of money to be the only place where people could watch games. The TV money has made sports wealthy and influential in entertainment and culture. Airing sports made TV rich and powerful, too.

Here is a look at three questions that would be…


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