Monday, April 20, 2015
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.
Friday, March 20, 2015
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.
Friday, February 06, 2015
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.
Friday, November 07, 2014
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Dodgers will hire former major league outfielder Gabe Kapler as their farm director.
Kapler will fill the vacancy created when De Jon Watson left the Dodgers to become the Diamondbacks senior vice president of baseball operations in late September. The hiring doesn’t come out of nowhere, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported news of the possibility last week.
Kapler has strong ties to new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman from his playing days with the Rays and later on as a part-time consultant. It’s a bold and outside-the-box choice, but through his baseball coverage on FOX and Twitter, Kapler has shown that he’s extremely sharp and analytical.
Monday, November 03, 2014
Fans who stayed up to watch Fox’s prime-time-and-beyond broadcasts of the World Series had a reason — seven reasons, as it played out — to be tired. But they’re not nearly as tired as the stale gripes that baseball is dying…
It helped Fox win prime time for the sixth time during the Series. Given that Royals-Giants wasn’t perceived as a marquee national matchup, the 9.1 overnight rating for the series wasn’t terribly far off from the 10.1 the network drew for the six-game Red Sox-Cardinals series last year.
Baseball doesn’t draw like it used to. It doesn’t draw like the NFL. Those days are gone. But there’s a reason Fox, ESPN, and Turner are in the first year of a combined $12.4 billion rights deal through 2021. As a television show, baseball is still a major draw.
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