For the first time this summer, the 49ers’ four preseason games will be made available live on the team’s official website for viewers in the Bay Area and most of Northern California.
The 49ers became the first NFL team to activate streaming rights with their local broadcast partner (KPIX, Ch. 5) for the exhibition season. The NFL this month sent a memo to all teams outlining guidelines for working with their local broadcast partner to expand digital distribution of the preseason games. The 49ers on Thursday became the first team to announce it will provide live-streaming of each of its preseason games.
The games will not be available for Internet users nationally or internationally. The games can be accessed free of charge on 49ers.com in the 49ers' primary and secondary markets.
The 49ers open the preseason on Thursday, Aug. 9, against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers will also play travel to Houston and Indianapolis for games on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 25, respectively. The 49ers close out the preseason on Thursday, Aug. 30, at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The KPIX preseason telecasts feature the 49ers’ radio broadcast team of Ted Robinson and Tim Ryan in the booth with KPIX sports director Dennis O’Donnell as the sideline reporter.
Former Raiders running back Marcus Allen knows a thing or two about the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
August marks 15 years since his induction, which came six years after his retirement from the NFL. He told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kelli Johnson and Monte Poole during The Happy Hour on Friday that the honor's meaning was "hard to put into words."
Consider Allen surprised, then, that soon-to-be-inducted Terrell Owens will skip the ceremony in Canton, OH on August 4.
"It's mind-boggling to me because I think there is no greater platform in the football world than the Hall of Fame to really sort of say 'thank you' to all the people that have helped you get there," Allen said from the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe.
"No man's an island. We didn't get there by ourselves," Allen continued. "My father [introduced me] and I wanted the world to know who supported me [along the way]."
Allen added that he thinks Owens will regret the decision in the long run.
The former 49ers wide receiver will commemorate his induction on August 4 with a speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 3:17 p.m. CT (1:17 p.m. PT), hours before the festivities in Canton. The Hall of Fame won't mention Owens at the ceremony, but will maill him his gold jacket that day.
Legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice has a case as good as anyone as the greatest football player of all time.
He is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a 13-time Pro Bowl pick and a 10-time first-team All-Pro. He's the NFL career leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and total touchdowns (208).
But you don't need us to tell you. The former 49ers and Raiders wideout made the case for himself with some colorful language to Charles Barkley at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe.
We couldn't have put it better ourselves.