March 12, 2003

Major League Baseball to offer live Internet telecasts.: Don't say I don't give you the baseball love. "MLB.TV is a service of MLB Advanced Media, which does Web business for Major League Baseball, and is offering season audio and video packages for $79.95, or pay-per-view options for $2.95 a game. For the season service, viewers will be able to log on to MLB.TV and get about 45 games a week ..."

posted by worldcup2002 to baseball at 09:47 AM - 10 comments

Thatís interesting, but I canít see it taking off for at least a few years. Somehow watching a ballgame on your computer screen instead of your couch just doesnít seem comfortable. And itís going to be tough to compete with sports packages available from satellite and digital cable providers. Very cool idea, but probably too early for it.

posted by Samsonov14 at 10:14 AM on March 12, 2003

What is baseball?

posted by StarFucker at 11:18 AM on March 12, 2003

What is baseball? Soccer : North America Baseball : rest of the world Definition: that boring foreign sport that we don't really care about.

posted by grum@work at 12:09 PM on March 12, 2003

grum: Actually ... Soccer: USA American Football: Rest of the World Other countries do have serious leagues and excel in baseball (Japan and any one of the Latin American countries from which MLB teams import players.) Helmet football, however, has much less of an international reach. (And CFL and Euro exhibition games just don't count, esp. since it's mostly American players taking part, no?)

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:32 PM on March 12, 2003

When they finally offer this for hockey, I'll be a happy man. Internet radio just isn't the same.

posted by adampsyche at 03:33 PM on March 12, 2003

I'm curious how they will implement the blackout restrictions. I know about location by IP number, but I thought it was an inexact method. Am I wrong? And this paragraph is a little worrying: If you attempt to circumvent or circumvent any blackout restriction: your subscription will be subject to immediate termination and a charge of one hundred dollars ($100) for early termination; you may be subject to legal action... I suppose this is their threat to IP spoofers?

posted by dusted at 06:45 PM on March 12, 2003

And it?s going to be tough to compete with sports packages available from satellite and digital cable providers. Very cool idea, but probably too early for it. If you already have a high-speed connection and live outside your team's marketplace this makes a lot of sense. It seems cheaper than buying a whole cable package. Also, the game-by-game ordering system seems to make a lot of sense too. I'm a die hard baseball fan and love to watch the game, but even I don't have time to watch 162 games. So why pay for the games? Besides there are some teams I could care less about...Normally I avoid these games anyway, this service allows you to not pay for them. Or what if you just wanted to watch certain games? Like when the Yanks or the Giants come to town. Why for pay for those 12 D-Rays games if you just want to watch the best in the league? What is baseball? Sometimes I wonder if starfucker just wants to pick a fight or if starfucker just likes to troll. If you don't like baseball, don't post. It's a waste of your time and mine, why post if you don't give a damn? Just to say you don?t give a damn? That?s real constructive. And on that subject: it's a shame more people outside the US don't understand the subtle beauty of baseball. Just as I discovered Italian Calcio several years ago (that's football if you prefer), people should open their minds too.

posted by Bag Man at 06:47 PM on March 12, 2003

Bag Man: Don't let StarFucker get to you. He shoots off like that, but it really is all in fun. He does that to us all the time in the SpoFi fantasy league. And you can either get annoyed or realize he's just being silly. He's done that to me tons of times. But if you look at his posts as a whole, he's really quite thoughtful and passionate about his views. He gets a chuckle out of me most of the time. The other times, I just tear him a new asshole. And he gives as good as he gets. Go Giants!

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:39 PM on March 12, 2003

Will any of the money I would pay for this subscription go into the players pockets? Probable. I'll stick to the good old fashioned free radio. The time that I would use this is at work, and working from 5 to 3 daily it would only be day games out East that I could pass the time with. Just not enought to justify. Maybe ESPN will enhance their pitch-by-pitch interface.

posted by vito90 at 08:25 AM on March 13, 2003

Hey hey hey... Take it easy there... I am just getting back at all the people who say soccer sucks. If you ever spent any time over at FARK you would know what I am talking about. There is not ONE post about soccer without the thread being MORE than half filled with assholes saying, "soccer sucks!" or "soccer is for fags!" or "soccer is so boring and only foreigners play it and blah blah blah...". Writing "what is baseball" is extremely tame and tasteful compared to the abuse soccer gets everywhere else. Its a fact that i don't like baseball or "freedomball" as it will soon be known, and I DON'T usually go into threads that talk about it, even on FARK...because like you said, it is a waste of time. I actually only came into this thread because of something worldcup said in another thread here at Sportsfilter about posting links to other sports besides soccer and never getting the 20-30 responses that soccer threads get.

posted by StarFucker at 10:57 AM on March 13, 2003

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