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Soccer Fans, Prevent Spoilers and Annoying Tickers With TickerBlocker

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We all love watching soccer, but many of you will agree that two of the most annoying aspects of watching the sport on television in the United States are 1) poor commentary by the play-by-play announcers, and/or 2) the tickers that run across the bottom of the screen.

But even if the soccer game features your favorite commentator, the experience can often be distracting when TV networks such as FOX Sports and ESPN run tickers across the bottom of the screen throughout the whole game. Not only do the tickers take up valuable screen “real estate,” but they often reveal spoilers of goals being scored in the other games, make it hard to concentrate on the game you’re watching, and try to grab your attention with breaking news from other sports that you often don’t care about.

While many sports TV networks love plastering their screen with tickers, the majority of soccer fans despise them. Hence the reason why NBCSN made the wise decision to eliminate tickers running across the bottom of the screen during Premier League matches.

With the busy end of the soccer season around the corner, and World Cup 2014 less than 100 days away, now is the time to check out a brand-new product called TickerBlocker that does just as the name suggests.

Attached to the front or sides of the set with simple hook-and-loop fasteners, TickerBlocker can work on televisions from 30″ to more than 90″. TickerBlocker is created from a custom-designed elastic material that does not become transparent when stretched, while remaining soft enough to not scratch or damage the television screen or housing.

The creators of TickerBlocker built the first prototype when they wanted to watch one sporting event while recording another to watch later. “We needed to create something that could easily be stretched across the bottom of the TV and went on and off whenever you wanted,” said TickerBlocker inventor Larry Tobin. “Once we built it for ourselves, we realized that other dedicated sports fans must also want to stop sports spoilers.”

TickerBlocker has a retail price of $9.99, but is currently available for 10% off as part of a launch promotion by using promo code SAVE10.

TickerBlocker can be purchased on the product website.

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