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Baseball Coverage Coming To Consoles

Soulskill posted more than 6 years ago | from the just-blackout-the-tigers-please dept.

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Gamasutra reports that "ESPN and MLB Advanced Media are extending their current digital rights agreement through 2013, and expanding it to allow Major League Baseball content delivery through video game console services. In addition to delivering live game streaming through ESPN properties and ESPN Mobile TV, the cable television network's agreement expansion includes 'alternative platforms,' like Xbox Live via its Marketplace, along with other download services like the iTunes Store and portable devices like Microsoft's Zune." Further details for the rest of the digital rights agreement are also available.

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Oh boy, a way of putting of my console putting me (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714259)

to sleep. ZZZzzzz....

Re:Oh boy, a way of putting of my console putting (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714523)

Obviously you haven't played MGS4.

On a limb (0, Troll)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 6 years ago | (#24714401)

i think coverage of the latest advancements in the arts and sciences or streaming lectures by insightful minds to be a cooler feature then some dudes hitting a ball with a stick.

oh no he didint

Re:On a limb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714539)

The country-fried intellectuals in this country won't pay to advance the sciences.

Re:On a limb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714553)

What makes art any more important than sport?

Re:On a limb (1)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24714585)

Hope that those "sciences" don't include math. I don't think you know how much research of baseball statistics goes on when it comes to players and fields.

Why don't you develop this idea.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714619)

and when your Fantasy Scientist League consumes roughly 10 billion dollars of just lost productivity (nevermind actual gambling), you won't have to let us know, cause we'll all be playing. Bonus!

By the way there's nothing really keeping the lectures off XBox Live! aside from someone to sponsor them.

Re:On a limb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24715247)

Sounds great. Now go get cracking on convincing the artists and scientists to monetize this idea the same way the MLB is doing.

Awesome news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714511)

Now I can watch guys standing around doing nothing (and getting paid more comparatively to do it) on my console!

Wonderful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714551)

Living in a region of the world where Chess Boxing [] is bigger than Baseball, I can tell you that I absolutely don't care about this. Ironically, I probably couldn't use it even if I did care, because these things are typically locked down with region locks, totally ignoring the 'World Wide' part of this internet thingy, making the whole thing kind of a bad joke.

Oh, well. I guess if you have no ambition to ever take any market share from Chess Boxing...

Console? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714593)

I was very dissapointed when I realized this story had nothing to do with getting baseball stats from a command line.

More proof... (0, Troll)

Codex_of_Wisdom (1222836) | more than 6 years ago | (#24714621)

consoles are not for us nerds.

But, seriously (I mean it) (1)

denmarkw00t (892627) | more than 6 years ago | (#24714745)

Most people seem to be pushing this away, when really it has large potential. Its no secret that delivering content via consoles is a good idea, but something like sports - SPORTS - is coming to consoles. Television could benefit largely from embracing technology, particularly when integrated with the interface, connectivity (to teh webs) and interactive controls (motion sensor, the Wii's oh so fancy pointing, touchscreen) that we see in many of today's consoles. Don't overlook an industry that needs help - needs an overhaul. Being able to dial-in shows to watch on my Wii instead of my non-existent digital cable would be great! I mean, really, I can't afford that. And then I'd be able to cut back on my bill if I didn't have cable...maybe this wouldn't be a good idea for TV after all.

do people still watch baseball? (0, Troll)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 6 years ago | (#24714861)

seems like a complete waste of time.

seriously, if you like baseball so much go out and play it.

gaming is for stuff you can't do in real life, not for people too lazy to do it.

and yet strangely, it is.

do people still watch sex? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24715145)

"gaming is for stuff you can't do in real life, not for people too lazy to do it."

Guess that's why there are no sex games for consoles.

Re:do people still watch baseball? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24715275)

If you don't recognize that professional baseball being a multi-billion dollar industry must mean that people do watch baseball, then you're a fucking idiot. Step back from the keyboard and sort yourself out.

But anyway, y'know I'm in a pretty healthy city of 250,000 and now that you mention it I can't just go out and hit a few with the kids. For one thing I'm not a kid, so I need to organize a fairly large group of people my size. But mainly where would we go? There aren't in fact any no-fee public access diamonds anymore. The few left in schoolyards are off-limits due to liability, and slamming a hard ball around is entirely unwelcome in the open space parks.

Also real baseball doesn't have a pause, and is daylight and weather dependent. And, not insignificant at all, I don't make money when I've got a strained wrist or mild fracture. Recognizing that took a number of sports off my plate after 30. I particularly miss rock-climbing.

Re:do people still watch baseball? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24715373)

Do you call two trees close together a "forest"?

Get out of that place and learn to live again.

Interesting Details (3, Interesting)

Nymz (905908) | more than 6 years ago | (#24714871)

This story has some interesting details. The summary has no submitter, and the subject isn't that interesting to Slashdotters, but it does happen to have a number of high-value adwords like 'baseball' that brings in higher paying Google ads. Of course, if no one clicks on them, then they still generate zero income. Weird.

Re:Interesting Details (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24714951)

I am not a /. subscriber, but I want to support the site anyway. So I always click on a few AdSense ads during each visit...

Re:Interesting Details (1)

Das Modell (969371) | more than 6 years ago | (#24715337)

I've used Adblock for ages. Web advertising is just too obnoxious these days.

Re:Interesting Details (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24717181)

I used it for some time but realized that if everyone uses it, the internet model will have to change to a subscription based one. Do not want.

Re:Interesting Details (1)

bogjobber (880402) | more than 6 years ago | (#24716221)

As a slashdotter who is practically addicted to sports and sports coverage, I'll add that this is story is completely lacking in substance. It's a press release/advertisement. It barely merits coverage on Gamasutra, let alone this fine institution.

why don't they (1)

JDHannan (786636) | more than 6 years ago | (#24715319)

Why don't they get a smart camera, point it at the field and track what the players and the ball are doing, and then get EA Sports MLB 2009 or whatever to recreate it digitally as its happening?

Yawn (1)

Cycon (11899) | more than 6 years ago | (#24716925)

I thought they were going to say you could pull up whatever the big baseball game EA is putting out these days and watch the computer-generated characters run through the play-by-play.

Wouldn't have to be 100% accurate, a ball that lands somewhere in center field and is thrown in for a double could be represented however the engine chooses to render it, as long as the result is the same.

Maybe throw in a special button that allows you to watch the "real" clip via streaming video, for a fee (or better yet, in exchance for watching a 5-second ad as part of the intro). You'd only need/want to hit the button on a close play.

Selig will screw it up somehow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24738865)

I can see it now: "Your iPod has crossed state lines into the blackout zone for Team X. Please turn back to view content."

Seriously, if they can't get it right on old media (incredibly idiotic blackout rules), how are they going to do it on new media?

Oh, I long for the days when restricting viewership wasn't seen as a great business plan for growth.

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