Illegal Sports Streaming Shut Down
NEW YORK (AP) — With the Super Bowl days away, federal agents are cracking down on websites that stream unauthorized broadcasts of sports events.
Federal prosecutors in New York announced Thursday that prosecutors had seized 16 sites and brought criminal charges against a Michigan man who controlled nine of them.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says piracy costs sports leagues and broadcasters millions of dollars.
The Comstock Park, Mich., web operator in the case was charged Wednesday with copyright infringement. Prosecutors said he distributed football, basketball and hockey games and wrestling matches.
Authorities say the prosecution is part of a continuing federal effort to target counterfeiting and piracy on the Internet.
New England Quarterback Tom Brady told reporters Thursday that he watched last year’s Super Bowl from Costa Rica on an illegal Super Bowl website.