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Excerpt from: MLB.com set to cast Net over minor league baseball

USAToday via Yahoo!, January 13, 2005

Major League Baseball, at its owners meeting Thursday in Phoenix, is expected to announce that mlb.com will oversee Internet and interactive media services for minor league baseball.

The 10-year deal with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, governing more than 200 teams, means mlb.com will bring online mass marketing to the minors, whose attendance reached nearly 40 million last year.

Starting next season, mlb.com will sell minor league tickets and merchandise online and gradually increase live game audio and video coverage of games. Eventually, real-time game stats are expected to be available online for all minor league teams.

I think Baseball got this one right. I am looking forward to being able to watch the Iowa Cubs, West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, Daytona Cubs, Peoria Chiefs, Boise Hawks, and the Mesa Cubs next year.

I can't wait to get a chance to scout the minor leagues for myself, even if its over the internet. Baseball is doing a great job of making its sport more accessible to fans... and that makes me happy.

I think I'll go start a plague to celebrate!

James

I like the consistency MLB will give to minor league coverage, although the individual teams have done a crappy job of covering their own affiliates (sometimes a week would go by without an organizational update and rosters and stats were always out of date).

However, I worry about how this will effect the broadcasts, since I've been listening to online radio broadcasts for any team I'd desired for the last three years.

If MLB turns this into a pay service, I'll be pretty pissed.

jason

This is a very nice step in the right direction. I would love to follow the minor league team in the Quad Cities (Davenport, IA) that I grew up with. Though I have no idea who's affiliate they are anymore as they have changed hands several times in the last decade!

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