US government closes 307 pro football themed web sites

As tens of millions of people make preparations to watch Super Bowl 46 on TV today, the US government announced this week that it has taken action on 307 web sites that have attempted to gain an illegal piece of the National Football League's pie. In a press release this week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department announced these new law enforcement actions which were organized under the title "Operation Fake Sweep."

Of the 307 sites that were seized this week, the press release states:

Sixteen of the sites illegally streamed live sporting telecasts over the Internet, including NFL games. Two hundred ninety-one website domain names were illegally selling and distributing counterfeit merchandise.

In addition to the web site shut downs, law enforcement officials arrested Yonjo Quiroa, 28, of Comstock Park, Michigan. The government claims that he operated nine of the 16 web sites that were streaming NFL telecasts illegally along with pay-per-view events. Quiroa was charged with one count of criminal infringement of a copyright.

However, there's a report that some of the streaming sports video sites that were closed by the government are back up and running. TorrentFreak reports that Firstrow has changed the domain names of its various web sites so that they now point to Firstrow.eu.

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Not my fault the transmission outside the US is not worth while watching. I admit looking at it online, because it's way better even though if I lose quality

xSuRgEx said,
at this rate Ebay will be next on the list of allowing all that counterfeit crap to be listed and sold.

It would do great service to eBay sellers.. lol

Seems kind of retarded to go around closing down NFL themed sites that are illegally streaming games when the Super Bowl will be available online, streamed live, for free, in HD. Plus they have DVR like controls, you can switch angles and cameras, and chat. Not bad for free.

http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com

I'm watching the pre-game show right now. I'm not sure if it's available outside of the U.S.

Tim Dawg said,
Seems kind of retarded to go around closing down NFL themed sites that are illegally streaming games when the Super Bowl will be available online, streamed live, for free, in HD. Plus they have DVR like controls, you can switch angles and cameras, and chat. Not bad for free.


http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com

I'm watching the pre-game show right now. I'm not sure if it's available outside of the U.S.

Thanks! I will try that next time there's a game! (hope before next NFL season). Hoping it's available outside the US

Set up play.
Oval ball throw. Start clock.
Both teams collide with each other. Stop clock.
Wait 10 minutes, repeat.

Enron said,
Set up play.
Oval ball throw. Start clock.
Both teams collide with each other. Stop clock.
Wait 10 minutes, repeat.

lmao

Enron said,
Set up play.
Oval ball throw. Start clock.
Both teams collide with each other. Stop clock.
Wait 10 minutes, repeat.

Hahhahaha!

ICE involvement was necessary. It is estimated that 34K people have been killed over this trade. Good on ICE for saving lives.

Great to see the Homeland Security was also involved. These counterfeiters endanger the lives of the US citizens and our very infrastructure. Counterfeiters are the very root of all evil.

I feel safer knowing that ICE and HSI are doing their part to ensure that Americans are safe and will not fall victim to these terrible villains.

/sarcasm (just so you know)


why the heck is the government shutting everything down all of the sudden? i thought that bill didn't pass or did i miss something?

smooth3006 said,
why the heck is the government shutting everything down all of the sudden? i thought that bill didn't pass or did i miss something?

Welcome to the new internet....Enjoy your stay !

smooth3006 said,
why the heck is the government shutting everything down all of the sudden? i thought that bill didn't pass or did i miss something?

they always had the ability to do this...dcma and other IP laws already cover stealing and reselling without license. they just had to preform due process. the new bill would have allowed to to shut things down without building a proper case

Another example at how the usa gov wastes money. The new websites will just pop up under a diff name. Besides they wouldnt have knockoffs if they didnt rip people off on the offial fan gear anyways.

Another failure at the USA gov. Instead of looking at more important issues like its militaries failure of its invasion of its southern border and its failing economy and shrinking class but they it wastes its time doing this.

Here's a clue - the "govt" is not a single dept. of people looking at every issue. Learn how each dept./branch works and their responsibility! The ICE is not the "US Govt". The ICE doesn't give a sh*t about shrinking classes, the economy, or military actions. The ICE DOES give a sh*t about illegal activity - even the selling of a fake NFL items.