If you’re looking for a way to watch Kobe Bryant’s induction ceremony, you may have noticed that Reddit NBA Streams no longer exists. Read on for the best alternatives.
After a COVID related postponement, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will finally be inducting its 2020 class today. The event will be broadcast live from Springfield, Massachusetts at 5:30 pm ET.
The Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020 👏
Natalia Bryant honors her dad by wearing the jacket ❤️ pic.twitter.com/etGQl4yR7e
— ESPN (@espn) May 15, 2021
Among the legendary 2020 class are names like Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and Tamika Catchings. However, most of the attention will certainly be on the tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.
Bryant, who tragically passed away last January, transcended the game of basketball, inspiring every generation to come. He finished his 20 season career with 5 NBA titles, 18 All-Star selections, and an MVP trophy.
But truly, a list of accolades hardly does justice to his legacy and lasting influence. Today’s ceremony will definitely be an emotional one, as the world of basketball remembers one of its greatest ever players.
Bryant will be presented by his mentor and friend, Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Even if you don’t normally watch induction ceremonies, no one will want to miss this one.
The event will be broadcasted on ESPN. However, if you don’t have cable you may be concerned about missing the action. Read on to find out why r/nbastreams was banned and what the best alternatives are.
Where to Stream the Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony?
As mentioned earlier, the ceremony will be broadcast on ESPN. This means that cable subscribers will be able to stream the event on WatchESPN or the ESPN app.
However, if this is not an option for you, there are certainly other options. Any streaming platform which carries ESPN will carry the ceremony.
For example, FuboTV users will be able to stream the event. If you don’t have a subscription to the platform, then this may be a good time to take advantage of its 1 week free trial.
Why Was Reddit NBA Streams Banned?
The r/nbastreams subreddit was one of the most valuable resources for basketball fans around the world. Links, which were reliable for the most part, were posted for every single NBA game.
Fans were also spoiled, considering they could watch every single game, the draft, and more in high definition. And the best part about all of this was that the streams were completely free.
No payment, no account, just a link with a couple of pop-ups here and there. However, the free ride came to an end when Reddit banned the page at the start of last season. So, why did Reddit ban one of their most popular pages?
The short answer to this question is that the subreddit was technically illegal. If you watch other sports, you probably weren’t too surprised to see Reddit make this decision. Before the ban, the page for soccer, cricket, and MMA streams were taken down.
Afterwards, the subreddits for NFL and MLB streams were given a similar treatment. The basic problem is that posting free links is a clear case of copyright infringement and leagues were starting to take notice.
Obviously, free streams lead to a loss of revenue for the league and broadcasters so action needed to be taken. Interestingly though, Reddit was never forced to ban the subreddit, but rather chose to do so according to their own repeat infringement policy.
The policy reads:
Our policy is to close the accounts of users, in appropriate circumstances, who have repeatedly been charged with copyright infringement. Sometimes a repeat infringement problem is limited to one user and we close just that user’s account. Other times, the problem pervades a whole subreddit community and we close the subreddit.