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MLB.TV on PS3 is Mind-Blowingly Amazing

ps3.jpgFirst, I’d like to apologize for my long absence in writing new posts to my account here; I haven’t felt inspired enough to write a new post for a long time, but boy am I ever now. I just heard the announcement about MLB.TV’s availability over the PlayStation 3. (Snider, Mark “MLB on PS3 a game changer” The Globe and Mail. 04-22-2010) Ever since MLB.com went live, MLB itself has been light years ahead of all the other major United States sporting leagues in getting its content online. I have investigated the possibility of using MLB.tv through a PS3 before, but what disappointed to find that much like Hulu.com on PS3, there were too many hurdles to make it viable. To be frank, MLB isn’t just breaking new ground concerning digital media and sports; it’s breaking new ground for digital entertainment across the globe. Check out this YouTube video link to see MLB.tv on the PS3 for yourself; [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD6bkJ3VZVI].

All I can say is; WOW. MLB.tv on PS3 is mind-blowingly amazing, and the folks at MLB and Sony who made this happen deserve the gratitude of baseball fans everywhere! From a Commissioner’s perspective, this first-mover advantage in digital media can translate into nothing but success. Everyone wins by having mlb.tv on PS3; fan demand for content is being met, baseball is helping promote itself by making the product more available (in addition to winning street cred by being the leaders in digital streaming media), and Sony has another unique feature that they can leverage in their quest to make the Playstation the central element in home entertainment. Oh, and don’t forget the fact that MLB has created yet another new revenue stream for itself. This development is just another sign of the prosperity baseball has been experiencing for the past several years.

Discussion Question:
1.) Will you use MLB.tv on a Playstation 3 sometime within the next year?

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Commissioner Selig and Bob DuPuy Get it Right

Hats off to both Commissioner Selig and Bob DuPuy for their spot-on handling of the suspension in play of Game 5 of the Series. I just read a great article on MLB.com by Barry M. Bloom that says, “Commissioner Selig cited rule 4.12(a)(6) in explaining the suspension of Game 5.” (Bloom, Barry M. “FAQs on the suspended Game 5.” 2008-10-28, MLB.com) You might be familiar with the emphasis I put on references for this blog, so you know I greatly enjoyed seeing the Commissioner cite a specific rule to back up the suspension of play decision. Thankfully that aforementioned rule was enacted just last year, otherwise it could’ve been another case of baseball having to deal with a situation after it happens, instead of having a plan in place beforehand. I think good executives and organizations both plan for contingencies, and back up their decisions with tangible and logical policies and procedures. MLB gets an A+ for not restarting Game 5, and for waiting until weather conditions permit adedquate playing conditions.

Selig Hard at Work on Instant Replay

Commissioner Selig is hard at work trying to make instant replay for home run calls a reality in Major League Baseball. It’s great to see he’s keeping the issue at the forefront of priorities, and deserves applause for how quickly MLB is acting to make this happen. Read about it here: (Bloom, Barry M. “Selig: Work continues on instant replay.” MLB.com, 8-14-2008.)

MLB.com’s “Ballparks of the Future”

MLB.com has a new section on the site called “Ballparks of the Future.” Check it out here: Ballparks of the Future. This by far the coolest thing I’ve seen on MLB.com in a while. It’s very clear that the A’s and Cisco are going to create the most advanced and unique stadium experience in professional baseball when Cisco Field opens for business. I especially like how a fan can use computer kiosks on the Cisco Field concourse to instantly upgrade their seats after they’ve already entered the stadium. Honestly, that idea is pure genius! It’s a win for fans, who can instantly find out if better seats are available, and a great way for the A’s to maximize potential revenue for any given game. That’s the kind of innovative thinking MLB as a whole needs to continue striving for.

Discussion Question:
Would you consider upgrading your seat for a game after you’ve already entered the stadium if the process was very simple and easy to do?

Baseball Strikes Out at 2012 Olympics

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Baseball has been voted out of the 2012 Olympics in London by the International Olympic Committee. Read all about it here: (Zinser, Lynn. New York Times, July 9, 2008..) What are your thoughts about this?

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Attendance Up, In-Stadium Spending Down in 2008

Good and bad news about the state of MLB in 2008 so far. A Reuters article by Ben Klayman says that attendance will be up, but gives examples of sports fans who are spending less inside the stadium. Here’s the all-important exact quote from the article featuring MLB President Bob DuPuy:

“Baseball, for example, is on track for attendance topping 80 million and revenue of $6.08 billion, both records, despite “some modest decline” in merchandise sales, MLB President Bob DuPuy said.”(Klayman, Ben. “Sports attendance up, hot dog spending down.” June 30, 2008. Reuters.)

It’s about time more fans wised up to the outrageous in-stadium prices some MLB teams have instituted for years. I know at my local MLB stadium, I almost never buy food or drinks inside the stadium. In fact, between about 2001 and 2005, I would only buy one order of nachos out of the twenty or more games I went to per year because the price was so outrageous (a sort of convoluted combination of a`mini protest/tradition). The point is, it shouldn’t take an economic recession to offer fans a break on food and soda prices. What about beer prices you ask? Well, that’s another issue for another day.

Discussion Questions:

1.) Do you believe MLB teams should lower food and merchandising prices in stadiums during the remainder of the 2008 season?

Cetral Locale for Replay, Implemenation Possible in ’08

More great news about Instant Replay in MLB. USA Today is reporting that the system will mirror the NHL and use a central reviewing location (in NYC), and could possibly be implemented as soon as August of this year! The only “bad” news; replay will only be used for home run calls, at least initially. Here’s the article link: (Nightengale, Bob. “Upon further review, instant replay is on its way for HRs.” USA Today, June 16, 2008.)

In my opinion, it doesn’t matter that initially only home run calls will be reviewable. This is a first step in the right direction, and will pave the way for it to be acceptable for all parties involved to review other types of plays, excluding ball and strike calls.

Discussion Question: