Raise your hand if you saw this one coming.
Nothing in the mainstream media on this yet, but unless someone has hijacked Gage’s account, I have no reason to believe this isn’t true.
Forbes.com broke the news last Friday that MLB and Fox were in discussions to allow streaming of broadcasts of your local team to your computer, game console or mobile device if you live in a Fox regional sports network (RSN) market (which most of the country does not).
Now comes word that those negotiations have “reached an impasse” and it’s become less likely that the blackout restrictions will be lifted for 2015, if ever. The crux of the biscuit seems to be whether Fox will be allowed to stream such game through their Fox Sports Go! app, or whether MLB will insist that MLB Advanced Media, the part that actually streams the content, maintain the right to exclusive distribution.
MLB guards their video content to what many people might consider a ridiculous degree. As Maury Brown points out in the more recent article, the NBA has deal allowing RSNs to stream local games for free. The FCC themselves repealed the NFL’s policy against blacking out home games that are not sold out, although in reality most NFL games sell out, so it’s not such a big issue these days.
MLB, on the other hand, exerts jealous control over the video dissemination of major league baseball content, whether through live broadcast, or dissemination of any video by third parties (although a quick scan of results from a search for “major league baseball” on YouTube reveals plenty of game action, some of it stunningly high quality, uploaded by people who don’t seem to be connected with MLB at all).
In any event, this news is not good, but also not unexpected if you know anything about MLB policies regarding broadcasting and blackouts in general. here’s a link to the Forbes.com story:
WPIX, channel 11, was the home to the Yankees from 1952 all the way through to 1998, but the Daily News says the Yanks may be coming back home.
The Mets are already there, so it may be a challenge for the station to work out a schedule to avoid a conflict between the two, but WGN in Chicago has managed to carry the Cubs and White Sox simultaneously without tripping over their own feet, so it can be done.
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UPDATE 1/23/15: The official announcement came down yesterday saying that there will be “about 20” games broadcast on WPIX in 2015.
It’s been a long time since we’ve posted anything in the way of news here. Bad on us, and we’re working to be better in 2015. We have to, because it’s our New Year’s resolution.
So we’re jumping back in by providing links to some of the top baseball media stories that have broken just since the end of the season.
World Series TV Ratings: Giants/Royals Game 7 Nears Ten-Year High: Game Sevens really do matter. The only game with a higher rating in the past ten years was also a Game 7 (2011 Rangers/Cardinals).
MLB’s Low National Ratings vs. Record-High Local Ratings: I love dichotomies, and not just because it’s a fun word to say. Although as the Sporting News says in that first linked article, it might be more of a Fox problem than a general national problem. If you want to know what I think, ask me offline.
DIRECTV and Disney sign long-term agreement; adds WatchESPN and Longhorn Network: Oh my god, THANK you. Finally. This means you (and I) as a D*TV subscriber will soon be able to watch baseball on your smartphone or tablet without begging a friend for their Dish or WOW login credentials.
Early overdose: Even without Jeter, ESPN still loves Yankees for Sunday night: You probably already saw this in Chad Osborne’s post from last week. Eye rolls, yeah, I know, but let’s face it: almost 9% of the entire US lives in the New York and Boston TV markets, but also, according to Facebook, the Yankees and Red Sox are among the top teams in basically every county in the United States. Just goes to show you: you don’t always have to rob banks to know where the money is.
Chicago news: Harrelson pumped up about White Sox moves; won’t cut back schedule: Vin Scully isn’t the only multiple decade-tenured broadcasters working well into his golden years. And just think, Hawk Harrelson is 13 years younger than Vin, so maybe he’s got a long way to go?
ESPN goes all in on Cubs to open 2015 baseball season: And really, who doesn’t want to spend a chilly Sunday night in April gazing at a Jumbotron rising from the surrounding wreckage whence people once watched baseball games?
Networks will be active in quickening the pace in baseball; New commish expected to be ‘open to new ideas’: This is one of those rare instances in which the interests of fans and of broadcasters are well-aligned.
Long-time Detroit baseball writer retiring after 29 years on the beat: Did you know that John Lowe invented the quality start? He may be ink-stained, but he’s not a wretch.
The Sportswriter of the Year is Si’s Tom Verducci: Tom is both a baseball journalist and a baseball broadcaster, so he’s double trouble, and thus a favorite.
SportsNet LA standoff was top story: Because of TWC’s strong-arm methods, 70% of the LA market did not have Dodger games available to them, and there doesn’t appear to be any thawing for 2015 as of yet.
Scully may travel less in 2015: And really, who can blame him? After all, the guy is 86 freaking years old. Most people born the same year as he was aren’t traveling anywhere anymore. (Yes, it’s because they’re dead.)
Fox’s Chatty Booth Makes Few Good Points to Speak of During World Series: Two’s company, three’s a crowd? Four is definitely a British Invasion band, though.
Enberg, Gage Named Ford C. Frick Award Winners: Big shout out to two Detroiters made good in baseball media. Hat tip to you both. Congratulations.
Fox Sports Detroit reports that since the beginning of the season on March 31, the average household rating for Tigers games is 7.5, which means that 7.5% of all the household with televisions in the Detroit DMA (i.e., TV market) are tuned to the Tigers game.
In prime time, the rating goes up to 8.4, which is 71% higher than WDIV (NBC), in second place with a 4.9.
For a city routinely called “Hockeytown”, that’s pretty amazing, and also pretty great.
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