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YouTube to show live, major sports events

January 22, 2010 |  6:03 am

The good news for sports fans: YouTube will be showing a series of major matches, live, on the online site.

The bad news: The sport is cricket.  

Well, it's not bad if you're a fan of the sport -- mostly obscure in this hemisphere outside of Trinidad and Tobago -- with its complex rules, long matches and built-in tea breaks. The deal, between Google (which owns YouTube) and the India Premier League, is to show all 60 matches of the Twenty20 cricket tournament that begins March 12.

This will make the IPL available in the United Kingdom, where there's a large cricket fan base but no regular broadcasts of league games. And make no mistake: The IPL is popular -- according to league figures, the average attendance per match is 58,000, which is second only to the National Football League (with 68,240 per game).

Sadly for fans of the sport in the U.S., the IPL matches will not be shown here. YouTube will block viewers in this country, thus depriving us of seeing the Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders and redundantly named Mumbai Indians in action.

C'mon, YouTube, open it up to us too. Maybe we'd learn to appreciate the matches. Or at least the tea breaks. 

-- David Colker

Photo: Cricket is coming to YouTube. Credit: Pavel Rahman / Associated Press