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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Facebook Cuts MLB Live-Streaming Schedule to Just Six Games for 2019

Facebook is bringing live Major League Baseball games back to its video-streaming platform for a third straight year — but is coming to the plate with a much lighter schedule.

Under the social network’s 2019 one-year renewal with the league, Facebook will carry six live, regular-season games (one per month) globally on Facebook Watch, excluding local markets subject to blackout and select international markets. Each live game will be produced by MLB Network specifically for Facebook Watch, with interactive and social elements that enable fans to participate in the broadcast.

This year’s six-game pact is a significant drop from Facebook’s deal last year with MLB, under which it had exclusive live-streaming global rights to 25 MLB games for the 2018 season.

Facebook is still in the process of experimenting with live sports on the platform — and it says that will continue in 2019 with the MLB. This year, Facebook’s nonexclusive MLB game broadcasts will let out-of-market fans to watch one game per month for free on Facebook Watch that they may not have otherwise had access to. MLB also will have the opportunity to sell sponsorships against those broadcasts, according to Facebook.

Something to add to the list of the innovations of the future that ultimately weren’t….

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, facebook, streaming

Friday, March 22, 2019

Former Phillie Chase Utley to join Dodgers broadcast team for select games

Chase Utley wasn’t the biggest or fastest player.

He always found advantages, though, through preparation and guile, outsmarting the opposition and capitalizing on the finest of details.

Phillies fans will never forget the fake throw to first to then nab Jason Bartlett at the plate during Game 5 of the 2008 Fall Classic, such an Utley-type play on the night the city was crowned world champions of baseball.

So, who in the booth’s going to end up with a broken leg?

 

QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, chase utley, dodgers

Friday, March 15, 2019

Adnan Virk joining DAZN as host of new baseball highlights show, per reports

Former ESPN anchor Adnan Virk has apparently resolved his abrupt departure from the network and found the next stop in his broadcasting career.

Shortly after signing a multiyear contract extension, Virk was fired in January for allegedly leaking company information about ESPN’s negotiations with Major League Baseball.

Although Virk continues to maintain he did nothing wrong, he and the network have agreed not to litigate their differences, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

As a side note, another streaming service to add to the list- I wonder how long before consolidation happens….

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, dazn

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Adnan Virk seeks settlement, denies leaking ESPN information: ‘I did nothing wrong’

Former ESPN personality Adnan Virk is seeking a settlement with the network that fired him after he reportedly leaked confidential information about its broadcast plans.

A rising star who called baseball games, hosted “Baseball Tonight” and made regular appearances on ESPN’s radio network, Virk addressed his firing in a Tuesday in a statement to the New York Post.

Sadly, this is still less embarrassing than FOX’s coverage of baseball….

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bob Costas Says He’s Done With NBC After 40 Years

The Peacock quietly is losing one of its most colorful, popular and sometimes controversial broadcasters. Forty years after he joined NBC, Bob Costas quietly confirmed today that he’ll no longer work there.

“It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas told The New York Post, which confirmed the news with the network. The broadcaster also told the paper that he will continue to work for MLB Network, where he’s set to take part in its Hall of Fame inductee announcement this month, along with calling 20 or so gamnes for the network.

Costas, whose contract runs into 2021, also said he’s mulling a different kind of program for MLBN. “If I do anything else, it will be a hybrid of my HBO show and Later’” he told the Post, referring to the premium channel’s On the Record with Bob Costas and the NBC late-night show he fronted from 1988-94.

Something for which attention should be paid- we seem to be rapidly heading to a world where the senior sportscaster standing is Joe Buck, and that really feels telling….

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bob costas, broadcasting, nbc

 

 

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