Posted at 4:41 PM on January 26, 2007
by Ben Tesch
There are two real outstanding issues here with MLB's decision. First, they've instituted a stranglehold on the viewer, the baseball fan -- remember them? -- on what kind of format they must have in order to enjoy the product. If you don't want to sacrifice the quality of cable for the dish, then hey, tough luck. Unless you want to sign up for MLB.com's exclusive MLB.tv action and watch on your laptop. Great. Like you don't spend long enough on that thing. AppleTV, to the rescue? Only if MLB were to add an additional streaming format, and that has yet to happen. Don't hold your breath.
Second, what about the thousands of fans who enjoyed Extra Innings in their city dwelling apartments? Unless you want to try and convince your landlord exactly why you need to pop a satellite dish on top of their roof, you're flat out of luck.
Bottom line, the package might get fewer viewers, but the league gets more money.
MLB is going to lose fans. I am disgusted that they are doing this. I hope it fails miserable it serves them right.
This deal should come as no surprise to anyone. Whenever there's a profit to be had, GO FOR IT! That seems to be the way to do things anymore. Just another example of the rich getting richer by making the consumer pay more, it's all about supply and demand just like the rest of the economy. Is it morally right? Of course not! But big industry doesn't care and that's what baseball is. But I do love the Twins and we still have the radio to listen to and John Gordon, Danny Gladden and Herb Carnel still bring a smile to my face whenever I hear them. GO TWINS!
I live in the philly area and Comcast is doing the same thing to all directv and dish network customers. They have exclusive viewing on all phillies sports (except eagles). I can not watch any pro sports unless I by comcast. So how is this any different then what directv is doing. The only problem I see is that the cable companies think they are so powerful and they do not like when someone pushes back. So I am all for this, if cable can do it so can directv.