Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, talked with Strategy Business:
We promote the posting of our highlights. The highlights are identified through YouTube’s software, and when ads are sold against them, we share in the revenue. We analogize our strategy to snacks versus meals. If we provide those snacks to our fans on a free basis, they’re still going to want to eat meals — which are our games. There is no substitute for the live game experience. We believe that greater fan engagement through social media helps drive television ratings.
This is a really good interview that dives into how the NBA is using data and the internet to grow their product. Very forward thinking.