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Friday
Feb032012

Feds Bust Illegal Streaming, Bogus Sports Merchandises Websites

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Since New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watched a live stream of Super Bowl 45 while vacationing in Costa Rica last year, it stands to reason that all NFL fans should be entitled to do the same.

Not so, said the federal government, which went on the rampage Thursday by seizing 16 websites that offer illegal live streams of sporting games and pay-per-view events in what was dubbed as "Operation Fake Sweep."  It's alleged that 28-year-old Yonjo Quiroa of Michigan operated nine of these sites.

There's a pretty good chance that Brady was watching the game from one of the sites that these websites provided links to.  This Sunday, he'll be trying to lead his Pats to victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl 46.

The bust was necessary, according to prosecutors, because "These websites and their operators deprive sports leagues and networks of legitimate revenue, forcing spectators and viewers to bear the cost of this piracy down the line."

In other words, when the NFL and other leagues get their products ripped off, they pass the losses down to sports fans in the form of higher ticket prices and cable costs.

NBC, which is broadcasting the Super Bowl this year, is also live streaming the game to mobile devices, the first time any network has done this.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also announced that it closed down 291 sites that sold counterfeit sports merchandise.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug012011

Versus Cable Channel to Become 'NBC Sports Network'

George Doyle/Stockbyte(PHILADELPHIA) -- Cable outlet Comcast plans to bring in the new year with a new name.

The company announced Monday it will be changing the name of its Versus cable channel to reflect its merger with NBC Universal from earlier this year. Beginning January 2, 2012, Versus will be replaced by the name "NBC Sports Network."

Comcast's rebranding efforts will coincide with a primetime schedule of sporting events for the new year, beginning with the NHL Winter Classic January 2 and NBC's Sunday Night Football. The NFL playoffs start January 7 with the Wild Card round.

In January 2011, Comcast acquired a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal from General Electric Co.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Feb212011

Spring to Bring Influx of Temporary Jobs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With unemployment nationwide inching towards double-digits and showing no signs of letting up, retailers will have a large pool to choose from for seasonal hires. While seasonal jobs are traditionally thought of as part-time positions opened during the holidays -- when traditional retailers are busiest -- spring is the hottest season for many other industries.

-- Landscaping: As the weather improves, consumers spend money to improve their yards. Home improvement companies need workers to handle the rush.  Home Depot announced that it will hire 60,000 seasonal workers, and Lowe's will bring in some 50,000 seasonal hires.  In both cases, the positions last about 90 days, depending on region, and some people will be able to stay on based largely on performance -- the store's and their own.

If Home Depot needs workers for its garden departments, it's a sure bet that local businesses -- from nurseries, lawn care, and landscaping business to stores selling and servicing barbecues -- are ramping up, too, and will need seasonal employees.

-- Taxes: The giants like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt have done the majority of their seasonal hiring for tax time, but opportunities still do exist especially for support staff throughout the country.

National staffing firm Accountemps says many tax prep firms wait to add staff into March, and they hire for everything from telesales, which is calling former clients to ask them to come back to have their taxes prepared, to bilingual tax preparers (especially Spanish speakers) and tax preparers who are certified and registered with the IRS.

-- Sports and recreation: While there's still snow on the ground in some parts of the country, amusement parks, such as Six Flags, Hershey Park, and Disney World, among others, need seasonal employees.

City, state, and national parks and local recreation programs are hiring now for spring break and they're getting ready for the summer, too.

Also, event staff companies are hiring part-timers now, from vendors in ballparks to security in convention centers and everything in-between.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio