• Rickt: I am the biggest Cal Jr fan around but one of my good friends played minor l...

With opening day a mere six days away, teams have begun to assemble their rosters; some have announced their starters, others have had to make last-second moves to keep their core intact, but over all, 2007 is upon us.

Traditionally, I would’ve spent a good amount of Spring Training glued to my monitor at work, watching MLB.TV as my team prepared for the regular season. Watching all of the pre-season action was one of the few features of the Online service I actually considered an incentive. I understood I had to pay the price if I wanted to enjoy in-demand games at my fingertips, and though steep, I would willingly pay the $80 dollars it used to cost to subscribe to the service.

But that was the premise set four years ago when MLB.TV began. More than a service it was a luxury; I knew some people that had bought the monthly plan, and though they had enjoyed the service, they canceled it for the price.

My brother and I, both baseball nuts, put together enough money to get both the Extra Innings service for our house, and the MLB.TV service that allowed us to watch any game that, on a rare occasion, was not broadcast on cable’s version of the Extra Innings package (any one remember the “Tier 1″ channel?).

Together we spent more than $200 a season on paying for what I’m sure Selig and his New Media Goons consider premium product. The Major Leagues are, after all, the cream of the crop, and as such, you should pay top dollar to watch it, be it by the dugout, or in your living room.

Or should it?

MLB New Media GoonsI feel like, as anything in this country, it should have it’s price, but it should be accessible to me if I wanted to. I mean, that’s one of the inherent freedoms we get, isn’t it? Freedom of commercial choice? Freedom to buy whatever the hell we want?

But now, it has gotten to a point where a U.S. Senator has to step up and say, “I don’t like this on behalf of my constituents.” That is ludicrous. He should be paying attention to more pressing matters; he shouldn’t have to call a hearing on the deal. But I applaud him for it, and I am glad he’s doing it.

That hearing takes place tomorrow, and surprisingly, a day before it happens, MLB.com runs an AP story in which Kerry cites some drastic numbers:

“When you’ve got 75 million people who currently have the option of doing something and you reduce it to 15 million, you’ve got to ask are the terms of this deal fair and does it work for the fan and for the sport itself?” he said during a conference call Monday.

Regardless of whether the deal goes through or not; the fact that Kerry (and it could’ve been Sen. Jim Bunning for that matter) is defending us before a bunch of greedy businessmen who continue to degrade the nature of the National Pastime, is uplifting.

I did not renew my MLB.TV (and they totally ignored my email asking why they had automatically renewed it when nothing stipulated they could do so) and if the Direc TV deal is matched by Cable and/or Dish, I may not buy the MLB Extra Innings package. Or maybe I will.

But that’s the point; it should be my choice, not Selig’s.

One Response to “Will MLB New Media Goons Toe the Line?”

Leave a Reply

    Recent Comments

    • Rickt: I am the biggest Cal Jr fan around but one of my good friends played minor league baseball in the Orioles...
    • HADAJUN: I wish for play in Japan. The death is regrettable.
    • David the okajima: was wondering if I related too this guy?
    • HaroldHecuba: Mike Mussina is EASTERN EUROPEAN, not Italian.
    • handsomerandyblackladdiebrad1953: Plus,Jackson’s Polo Grounds-heightened batting stats,when park-adjusted,make...

Marketplace

    Subscribe via email

    Enter your email address:

    Archives

What's Popular

Featured posts

220px-Bbwaa_logo_web

December 5, 2011

Will anybody get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

Last week, we asked you to vote for who you would like to see enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame. The verdict? If it were up to UmpBump readers, nobody would make it in. The leading vote getter (so far) is Jeff Bagwell, who has 60% support. Of course, in the real voting, players need […]

January 5, 2011

Annual UmpBump Hall of Fame Balloting: 2011 Edition

In what has become an annual tradition, we here at UmpBump cast our ballots for the Hall of Fame on the eve of the announcements of the voting for the real Hall of Fame. Voters can vote for anyone ever who has been retired from baseball for at least five years and is not already […]

According to the internet, "The Little Napoleon" John McGraw was the greatest manager of all time.

October 19, 2010

Crowdsourcing the Greats: The Top 10 Managers of All Time

Now that we’ve looked at every position on the diamond, as well as relief pitchers, we are nearing the end of our “Crowdsourcing the Greats” series. But before we finish, let’s turn one more time to the internet hoi polloi for answers on who the greatest baseball manager of all time was. As usual, we […]