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MLB to ESPN: Drop dead

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by steveu, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    From the Hollywood Reporter website. All I have to say is wow.


    No registration needed, I believe, but in case it asks you to log on: ESPN broadcast All-Star selections Sunday, a few minutes after TBS unveiled them. MLB steamed, tells ESPN most of its All-Star credentials are revoked.
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Somewhere, Harold Reynolds is enjoying this news.
  3. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Should MLB start a war with ESPN, I'll take the Worldwide Leader and the points.
  4. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    My question would be, what happens to the Home Run Derby? I mean, ESPN is still broadcasting content from At&T Park.
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I'll take that bet and go with MLB. I'd follow MLB to any station.
  6. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    MLB is one of the few sports leagues that could potentially sustain without "Braaack, braack, braack" Berman and the other cavalcade of slaps. NBA has exclusive broadcasting rights with TNT and ESPN. NFL has exclusive rights with Fox, ESPN, NBC. Hockey...who gives a fuck? But MLB has a deal with Fox and each team in each city negotiates its own deal with it's local cable provider. If ESPN told MLB "fuck off," today, I'd still have baseball on TBS, Fox Sports Pittsburgh and Comcast Sports Net for the Phillies, Nats and Orioles. I actually couldnt tell you the last time I watched a baseball game on ESPN.
  7. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I'd join you.

    If I read that correctly, the Associated Press reported the National League roster and ESPN reported it on SC, and then both rosters shortly after TBS. Once all the selections were announced, no doubt AP would have them on the wire.

    If it's been reported, it's fair game. Right? If there's an embargo or agreement between TV networks but AP does not agree and reports the news, why should anyone else be bound to the embargo?

    In that case, fuck MLB and good for ESPN.

    But if ESPN agreed to an embargo with MLB to make nice due to its contracts to show the home run derby or other events, then MLB may have some solid ground.

    If the roles were reversed, ESPN's brass would be going nuts about TBS doing the same.

    TV people ... ::)
  8. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    That one's easy, shotty. I'll take MLB.
  9. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    That's what it sounds like. From the link that started the thread ...

    The brouhaha started late Sunday afternoon when MLB had unveiled the All-Star selections in an hourlong show that was scheduled by contract to be exclusive to new rights-holder Turner Broadcasting. Other media, including ESPN, were prevented from disclosing the names until after the Turner show. Sources familiar with the situation said that ESPN had asked for permission to do a special All-Star selection show but was told that as in the past when it was ESPN's under the rights deal this was an exclusive.
  10. nafselon

    nafselon Active Member

    They will be out there Tuesday with a kayak and a hand held
  11. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    It is so much more painful that you know ... well, I guess you could've worked in TV too. Those people are the most annoying fucks out there. KUNT-TV stole that from us. Yeah, nevermind you both stole it from Podunk Press.
  12. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Nice call-sign. That for the PBS station at the University of North Texas?
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