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Good article by Steve Simmons in today’s Toronto Sun. Simmons talks about how MLB is actually making the in stadium experience worse than that which we all can get at home these days.

“This is just another example of staid old baseball being behind the times. Instead of giving the fans what they want and what is readily available, they instead deny the paying customer information.

Were I watching the game against Seattle from home, I could have stopped the play. paused it, backed it up, paused it again, replayed it again — as many times as I want — just to get a sense of whether the right call had been made.

In the stadium, though, as a ticket buyer, I get the same old, same old on the Jumbotron. I don’t get the answer to the only question I’m interested in. I am paying money to not be able to see what I ostensibly can witness for free (ok, so my Rogers cable bills aren’t free) in my living room.

In simple terms, that’s just wrong. In technological terms, it’s backwards and old school. And at a time when there are complaints of baseball missing a generation and losing appeal to a younger demographic, Major League Baseball should be doing everything possible to enhance the in-stadium experience, rather than strangle and diminish it.”

SImmons echo’s much of what I told you just over a year ago when I wrote:

“Now, the worst part. I’ve been yapping around these parts about how HD TV killed sports where here is where MLB (and all the other leagues for that matter) had better smarten up or the game will be over. I’m a sports fan. I know most of the rules in most of the games. However, shit happens in each and every game that needs explanation. There is something going on that even the most die hards of fans don’t get. We are pretty lucky in this town, we have good play by play folks for all our teams in radio and tv. The experience from my couch is fantastic. It doesn’t take 40 minutes to get a drink, the seat is comfortable and there isn’t an old fart sitting behind me asking my son to sit down when the Jays pitcher has 2 strikes on a Tigers batter. Here’s the killer; You have a beautiful tv set hanging in the arena, WHY THE HELL DON’T YOU USE IT?????????

All of the sudden in the game, Lyle Overbay is gone from first base. Vanished. At home, or in the car you would know that at first they thought he was traded then you learned he was sick. Later in the game whomever was playing centerfield for the Jays made what looked like an incredible catch in the outfield. On TV viewers at home got to see replays. Listeners on the radio would have heard all about it and then told why it wasn’t a catch. In the stadium, you get zero, zilch, nadda. We were there for the entire game, start to end. I think in total there were maybe 3 replays shown the entire night. Why do you build a huge jumbotron if all you are using it for is cheap inane promotions???? “

I agree with Steve. MLB is killing itself. The movies have adopted 3d as a way to bring people to the theaters in the era of bootlegging. The technology exists. Just use it.

Why not two thumbs up?

Did anyone wonder if I like the article why it’s not entitled 2 thumbs up? Did anyone read the dribble that Mr. Magoo wrote on the Rogers Sportsnet website? WoW, right???

“”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … “


Alas, those are the words of Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities. They could also be the words of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this summer who has some great stories to crow about in his league … and some rather sad stories too.”

Riveting. Quite the lead in to a story, really makes you want to read on no?

Now, as I have said before, Shannon is good when it comes to the business of sports media, television and general sports business. His work on the new tv deal and the discussion of the troubled franchises is good. The dribble in between and the rest of the column? Wow. It’s too bad the talent can’t be better harnessed.

Have a great day!


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