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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas City Royals have done the same coming off their World Series appearance. The Houston Astros have seen an increase in viewership after finally resolving their local disputes, at least as far as getting their games on all the local cable packages. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their highest ratings in a decade while the games of the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres rank first in their broadcast territories among all shows. A recent article by Maury Brown at Forbes showed that baseball games beat playoff games from the NHL and NBA in many markets across the country.

The ratings so far this season are a great indicator of baseball’s popularity. Not only is baseball beating playoffs in other sports, it is also beating first-run shows on networks.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts

A truly disgusting suggestion.

Over at SI Richard Dietsch has a piece in which he asked several broadcasters and media members about changes they’d make to sports broadcasts and reporting. Fox’s lead play-by-play guy said this:

Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver’s seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night’s game. Old rules die. Someone is “in the well” before they climb on deck? They can be asked what they are trying to do in their next at bat. Cameras in the batting cage during a game would then let us see how a DH is getting ready for a big at bat. Bringing fans into the experience is paramount.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, fox, joe buck, media, terrible ideas

Friday, March 20, 2015

MLB In-Market Streaming Without Blackouts By Opening Day? Not So Fast

A report by the New York Post has fans thinking they may get an Opening Day gift of blackouts lifted for games streamed in-market saying, “Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days a deal with a national distributor, like a wireless provider, to stream local games of every MLB team, a source close to the situation said Thursday.”

While nothing could likely make fans happier, the fact is as of today, that is simply not the case.

As we reported last week, in-market streaming of games is being thwarted by an inability of networks and/or distributors not wishing to allow MLB Advanced Media to also streaming games with them. The league’s media company wishes all three legs of be allowed to stream games, not just two. That would mean fans would be able to see their home teams streamed to mobile and internet devices through MLB.TV Premium, as well as an offering such as FOX Sports Go.

As we reported last week, the top executive for MLB on such matters highlights the position.

“Simply put, we believe in serving our fans with TV ‘everywhere’ and not TV ‘somewhere’,” said Bob Bowman, MLB’s president for business and media who formerly served as president and CEO of MLB Advanced Media in regards to having MLB.TV in the mix.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout rules, cable, fox, mlbtv

Friday, February 06, 2015

FOX And MLB In Talks That Could See Nearly 40% Of All Streamed Game Broadcasts Blackout Free

In a move that could affect nearly 40 percent of all broadcasts during the regular season, Major League Baseball and FOX have been in discussions that would see streamed games from FOX regional sports networks without any blackouts. Currently games played in a team’s television territory are subject to blackouts to those within the territory. For those watching games on television via MLB Extra Innings, the league’s out-of-market package, most can switch to the RSN where the game is originating. For those that stream games via MLB.TV to internet-enabled devices, there is no such recourse as the originating networks do not currently offer streaming options.

According to sources, the economics of the deal between MLB and FOX are in place, but challenges remain.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout rules, fox, maury brown, streaming

 

 

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